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Patan Patola: Pride of Gujarat

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Shubham Rajpara
18 Feb 2019
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Shubham Rajpara

I believe the finest art is that which is courageously authentic. May it be any form of art, if the curator has put truth and originality in it, it will speak to me.

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These days, getting a product out quickly is one of the most important aspects of a business, but it might be totally opposite in the case of Patan Patola.

In this post, we are talking about the history of Patan patola, which goes back to decades. Patan Patola takes the combined effort of four weavers and a time of about 4 to 6 months to weave a single saree.

Talking about the Patan Patola sarees, they are unique, made from silk usually as well as is a double lkat. The double Ikat means that once the fabric is woven, you just can’t differentiate between the sides because the color intensity, as well as the feel and look, are quite same on both the sides.

Ikat is considered quite auspicious in different cultures across the world and same is the case with Patola. It is such a cloth which has been a luxury of the wealthy and aristocrats for a long time and in events such as marriages and festivals.

Patola textiles have been reserved for people with wealth for a long time because of its delicacy as well as price due to which it couldn’t be bought by everybody. This was something which made the Patola sarees a status symbol of the Gujarati society. Not only that, but they were also gifted to the kings to propose good relations.

Another really interesting thing about Patola, like we already mentioned is that it is worn on special occasions. For example, King Kumarpal wore them once while offering prayers and performing the religious ceremonies as he wanted to be holy and unmarked on such occasions. This was the event which triggered the specialty and pompousness of Patola in Gujarati culture.

In Indonesia too, Patola gained a lot of significance between 15-16 centuries as Indonesians wore it as a matter of great pride. It was called the cloth of ma’a or mawa which technically meant ‘a cloth by the God’. This is such a cloth which has been seeking attention for long and happens to be the most beautiful at the same time.

Patola is considered as the ultimate manifestation of the weaving perfection because even a single displacement of a thread might lead to a deformed pattern of the saree.

Not only that, but the dying and weaving process is also quite complicated which requires a mathematical precision with a vivid imagination.

You might actually require a clothing shopping guide when it comes to buying Patola sarees because not only are they expensive, but also because you don’t want to spend money on such a saree which you probably won’t find a perfect match in a year or so.

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