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Hand-Embroidered Maroon & Copper Phulkari Kotpad Cotton Stole

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Hand-Embroidered Maroon & Copper Phulkari Kotpad Cotton Stole

About Me: Phulkari done by count of thread which gives it a geometric precision and high quality finish”, this is the traditional form as opposed to the ones done on stamped outline. Craftmark Certification has been awarded to the Phulkari program. A young Nabha embroiderer received the prestigious 2013 Kamaladevi Puraskar Award from the Crafts Council of India in recognition of her continuous engagement in producing quality Phulkari embroidery. The Foundation has been recognised by the Crafts Council of India for its contribution to the revival of the traditional Phulkari embroidery.

For Phulkari, the coarse khaddar cloth is used as the base for embroidering. The threads used are handspun and loomed, while natural pigments are used for dyeing these. The most characteristic feature of Phulkari work is that the thread is embroidered on the wrong side of the cloth, opposite to the side on which embroidery work is done generally. Khaddar is taken and pat is stitched and embroidered on the wrong side in different directions- horizontally, vertically, diagonally etc. In recent times, block printing on the khaddar base has been introduced in order to aid women embroidering Phulkari for mass production.The designs and motifs created in Phulkari work are innumerable, unique and dazzling, geometrical patterns, motifs taken from everyday surroundings of the rural village like vegetables, plants, flowers and animals among others.

Measurements: Length - 68 inches, Width - 17 inches

Care: Dry clean preferably or Hand Wash separately in cold water.

Color: Maroon

Material: Cotton: Natural

Weight: 120 Grams

Craft Process: Embroidery: Phulkari, Weaving: Koraput

Theme: Hand Loom, Hand Made, Hand Woven

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

Hand-Embroidered Maroon & Copper Phulkari Kotpad Cotton Stole

Kotpad Weaving

THE STORY

'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,' said Leonardo Da Vinci. Nothing exemplifies this more than the simple but stunningly sophisticated Kotpad weaves from the Koraput District of Orissa. This textile tradition lay undiscovered in the jungles of Central India, until the Festival of India’s Viswakarma exhibitions in the early 1980s.

Emerging from the core of a primordial people, the simplicity, harmony and elegance of the tribal way of life has been captured and crafted in these rough-spun, nature-sprung fabrics which adorn the dark, bejewelled and lithesome woman. These textiles, now fashioned into a modern design template like dupattas and stoles, apart from the traditional sari, now hold a distinct place in the wardrobe of the urban buyer.

Nestled in the verdant forests of the Eastern Ghats, the cluster areas of Koraput include Nawrangpur, Phulbani and Rayagada districts. Scholars have dated the history of Koraput to the 3rd century BCE, occupied by the valiant and dreaded atvika people. The region was successively ruled by several royal dynasties and finally came under the modern state of Odisha in 1936. These hills are home to tribes like the Santhal, Kondh, Gond, Munda, Oraon and Bondo.

Like all tribal cultures across the world, their world view has given rise to an elegant creativity, with nature as its inspiration. The fabrics of Kotpad are one such and make it absolutely unique in that these fabrics are completely non-chemical. Rough to the touch, they are dyed with the reddish tinge of the roots of the Indian Madder (Aal) tree. It is eco-friendly, non-toxic and hence non-harmful to the skin. In fact, it is even said that the magic weaves of Koraput actually have a healing effect! The powerful and vibrant colors range from deep maroon to dark brown depending on the proportion of dye used and the addition of sulphate of iron.

This limited, but deep and mysterious color range is offset by the natural unbleached off white of the major portion of the fabric, producing dramatic results. The reddish color is offset by creams and blacks with motifs drawn from nature and their way of life. Some of them are crab, conch, boat, axes, fan, bow, temple, pots, snakes, palanquin bearers, and huts.

The Kotpad weavers, also called ‘Mirgan,’ make saris, gamchas and tuvals. Typically, these minimalist saris indicate the wearer’s identity and mark the rites of passage in a woman’s life. Depending on the occasion, the saris get a bit more elaborate, such as a wedding, as shown by elaborate designs on borders and muhs, (pallavs), dominated by the kumbha. The tuval is worn by men as a lower garment which also has typical Kotpad borders and motifs. The dimensions of the sari too varied from the short knee-length eight haath (one haath is the length from fingertips to elbow) to the ankle-length 16 haath.

 

Kotpad Weaving

THE PROCESS

The processing of the Aal root dye (collected from the deep jungles) and treating the cotton yarn with dung, wood ash and castor oil is an elaborate and laborious one, sometimes going up to nearly a month. Despite the use of castor oil there is no shine or smell. Instead the cloth becomes soft and the colors lustrous and fast. The dyed coarse cotton yarn, ranging from ten to twenty counts is woven in a simple but highly evolved three-shuttle pit loom with extra weft patterning for the more complicated motifs. Solid border effect of the fabric is made with the interlocking method of the multi shuttle.

Shipping & Delivery: You can expect the delivery of this product in 3 - 4 working days from the date of your order.

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

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