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Patan Patola Heritage, Patan

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Warp and weft silk threads are tied separately with cotton thread on the portions already marked out in conformity with the proposed design in the fabric. This tied portion is meant to remain unexposed to the colour while dyeing. United portion which has absorbed one colour, may be tied while dyeing in another colour. Tyeing untying, retying and dyeing in different shades are the main features of this process.

Creating design by

tyeing knots on

warp and weft

After completion of dyeing work of warps & wefts, the threads of the warp of different repeats of a pattern are put together in a sequence on the loom, so that the design becomes visible. The threads of wefts are wound on to bobbins and kept in the bamboo shuttle for weaving process.

Dyeing Process

The patola is woven on a primitive hand operated harness loom made out of rosewood and bamboo strips. The loom lies at a slant, with the left side being lower than the right side. The bamboo shuttle is made to move to and fro through warp shades. Each weft thread is thoroughly examined and matched with each part of the warp design pattern while weaving.

Tyeing knots again

after previous dyeing

The tension of the warp threads are removed by the help of needle after every time weaving of 8" to 10" of fabric. Patola weaving is a highly accurate just a positioning of warp and weft of similar colour to obtain perfect design and harmony.The process is labour intensive, time consuming and requires high order of skill and dexterity.

Traditional Patola Loom

It takes three to four months to prepare tie- dyed design on warp and weft threads for one sari of 6 yards length by 48" width. Two Salvis (weavers) working together weave just about 8" to 9" a day. It takes 40 to 50 days to weave a sari. Thus 4 to 5 persons take a periods of 5 to 6 months to complete a sari depending on the intricacy of the design.
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  • This Museum shows first hand the ancient art of Patola weaving. It is a unique double Ikat style of weaving where the thread are dyed first as per the design and then the weaving happens. They will...  more »
  • I visited with my family to Patan Patola Heritage. It was an awesome experience overall. The owner was kind enough to explain how they make the sarees. We could also witness how intricately they dye.....  more »
  • Very interesting 'work in progress' museum on patola design and weaving. Being setup by the current generation family artisans with roots in the trade going back to 900AD. Their work has received accolades in India as well as world-wide recognition! Must see.
  • Probably one of the best Arts I've ever seen in my life. The thousands year old art has an history of is own and can blow your mind with a precision much precise than a computer. It's a privilege to witness such an art.
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