This is a series dedicated to identifying our traditions and methods adopted by our ancestors. A unique handloom technique of interlaced weaving of cotton with zari is the pride of Balaramapuram. Balaramapuram is a small town in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India. The Balaramapuram handloom sarees are well known for simplicity, exquisite hand-woven designs and beauty. The traditional handloom grey sarees are made out of the finest cotton yarn with intricate and unique designs. It was during the regime of His Highness Maharaja Balaramavarma, which dates back from 1798 to 1810 that the handloom weaving was first introduced at Balaramapuram.
Seventy-seven years may be construed as too old for humans but not to an institution in the service of the people. The passage of time does not seem to stale the infinite variety of Tamil Nadu Handloom Weavers’ Cooperatives Society Ltd, familiarly known as Cooptex, on its 77th anniversary as it still churns out new designs.
From producing dazzling silk sarees, to dhotis and designer wear, the multi-hued butterfly symbol of Cooptex has become a familiar image in many households across the state. Interestingly, its products have crossed frontiers to woo the people abroad.
The patola saree is one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced today. These sarees are created by using the resist dying techniques. There are two types of Patola sarees: Rajkot Patola, Patan Patola. Rajkot Patola is only vertically resist dyed (single ikat). Patan Patola is horizontally-resist dyed (double ikat).
Read on to know about Ikkat and beautiful priceless Patola sarees..