|India has a rich and ancient heritage
in fine textiles. (Double Ikat) 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, designs 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
and difficult technique of Tie dyeing or Knot dyeing known
as "Bandhani Process" on the wrap & 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.
Salvi family is one of them who has continued this traditional
art and has preserved it even today. This is our heritage
art from four generations.