Patola wedding sari

Unknown maker

  • Date: c. 1840
  • Dimensions: L: 500 cm, W: 110 cm
  • Medium: Woven double tie-dyed silk
  • Region: Patan
  • Museum number: TCD.00025

Patola wedding sari of double tie-dyed silk, woven with geometric designs of stylised leaves, stars and other motifs combined with multilayered end patterns in green, brown, red, orange, yellow, black and white.

This patola sari is made in the double ikat technique, in which both warp and weft threads are tie-dyed to conform to the desired pattern before weaving.

Genuine patolas are produced exclusively in the town of Patan. Their enormously time consuming and intricate method of weaving makes them highly prized and much sought after for weddings and other special occasions. They are also considered to be one of the most auspicious types of Indian textiles. They were traditionally made in a number of different designs, and this one is particularly associated with the Vohra community of Ismaili Muslims.

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