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.
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..
The National Handloom Exhibition 2012 is brought to you by Co-optex. Weavers from many parts of the country from Kashmir toKanyakumari display and sell a wide range of handloom saris, dress materials, home furnishings and more. Also catch the live workshops and demos on weaving techniques, sari painting and more. Don’t miss the cultural programmes in the evenings.
In the middle of all the hullabaloo of western trends monopolising designer avenues and ruling high-end fashion, the exotic Indian handloom emerges unscathed, with an enviable lineage that makes every other modern day fabric look drab in comparison.
Following on the heels of Kancheepuram silk, the illustrious Bhavani jamakkalam from Tamil Nadu has been granted an authorised user label under the GI (Geographical Indication) Act. Once ignored, these fabrics are making a grand comeback by becoming prominent benchmarks.