A devout saree connoisseur would surely have heard of – and most likely experienced – the magnificence of a heritage Patola Saree from the Indian state of Gujarat. Getting their name from the hamlet town of Patan, where lies the ancient technique of weaving these exquisite drapes, handloom Patola Sarees hold a place of pride in the list of breathtaking Indian weaves.
Considered extraordinary for their finesse and design detail, Gujarati Patola Sarees are made as double ikat weave, where both warp and weft yarns are resist dyed multiple times, such that each design element gets represented beautifully.
Given their amazing detailing, these have been much sought-after, as precious barter and trade items, since centuries. Valued highly by the Dutch and British, Patolas traveled the world through the spice route trade. Famed Indonesian double Ikat weave of Tenganan is also influenced by these amazing drapes.