India has a rich and ancient heritage in fine textile. (Double Ikat) Real PATOLA from the area of PATAN in the North Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage. With its unique gem like qualities – gorgeous colours, and durability. Its very appearance lures the connoisseur of fine textiles. It has no reverse side. Both the sides have equal intensity of color and design.
The peculiar quality has its origins in a very intricate difficult technique of tie dyeing or knot dyeing known as “Bandhani Process” on the warp & weft separately before Weaving. Before World War II, Indonesia was major buyer of PATOLAS. Historically, the art of Double Ikat PATOLA weaving dates back to centuries. Paintings in Ajanta caves resemble the tie-dye technique of PATOLA. Legend indicates that sometimes in the 12Th Century AD, King Kumarpal of Solanki dynasty invited 700 families of PATOLA weavers from Jalna (South Maharashtra) to settle down in PATAN in North Gujarat.
The Sarees have patterns like the Pan bhat, Leaf pattern The Narikunjar- jhar, lady, elephant and plat motif, in closed a border or a jal trellis work pattern. Chhabadi bhat, basket design, Chowkdi bhat, square or lozenges Pattern with flowers in each Corner, Ratan chowk, Navratna, Manek chowk