Sambalpuri Handwoven Ikat Gamcha / Cotton Towel - Pink

Sambalpuri Handwoven Ikat Gamcha / Cotton Towel - Pink
Sambalpuri Handwoven Ikat Gamcha / Cotton Towel - Pink
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Sambalpuri Handwoven Ikat Gamcha / Cotton Towel - Pink


Handwoven Cotton Ikat Bathing Towel. Crafted with the traditional Sambalpuri Ikat weaving technique from Orissa, this light weight, soft and quick-drying towel is the perfect addition to your collection of bath accessories. Handwoven in the Sambalpur region of Orissa, Ikat weaving follows a curvilinear style and a tradition that focuses primarily on symbolism and culture. Sambalpuri hand-woven textiles are among the most wonderful, globally renowned and ancient textiles of Orissa. This age-old ikat weaving art is locally known as ‘bandha Kala’, wherein the warp/weft are tied and dyed prior to weaving according to the base design. The technique is a complex, labour intensive and time-consuming weaving process.

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Sambalpuri Handwoven Ikat Gamcha / Cotton Towel - Pink

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Product Details

  • Material : Cotton
  • Craft : Ikat Weaving
  • State : Orissa
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Colour : Pink & Maroon
  • Measurements :  Length- 1.65 Metres; Width- 0.85 Metres
  • Product weight : 30 Grams
  • Special Attention : Hand dyed and Hand Woven. Kindly allow for minor variations in the fabric which add to the beauty and appeal of this piece and are inherent characteristic of these processes. Kindly allow for some colour reduction for use.
  • Shipping Info : Dispatched in a maximum of 6 business days. Returns accepted within 12 days of delivery.
  • UOM : Piece

Ikat Weaving

Ikat weaving is an ancient craft with deep roots in India and early evidence proves its existence, with references in Buddhist texts to depiction in murals of the famous Ajanta Caves dating back to a period between the 2nd century BC to 7th Century AD. Given the evidence of existence of the craft in various parts of Asia demonstrating strong ikat traditions suggesting its possible origins, it probably developed in various regions independently. It is quite possible the craft may have travelled to south east Asia via trade routes, also taking root in countries like Indonesia. The name Ikat means to ‘bind’ in Indonesia, a technique used to create unique textile patterns by resist dyeing sections of the yarns prior to weaving the fabric. Some distinctive features of Ikat fabric is that both sides of the fabric carry the same pattern with a blurred appearance to the edges of the pattern. In Ikat, the resist is formed by binding individual yarns in a desired pattern before it is dyed. Patterns can be variated just by shifting the bindings and changing the colour of the dye. This process may be repeated multiple times to produce elaborate, multicoloured patterns, after which the yarn is woven into fabric. In other resist-dyeing techniques like Tie & Dye or Batik, the resist is applied to the woven cloth, whereas in ikat the resist is applied to the yarns before they are woven into cloth. Major Ikat weaving regions in India include Orissa, Andhra Pradesh / Telengana & Gujarat, with a unique identity to each of the weaves.

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