The creation of each luxurious Patan Patola is a great skill in itself, acquired by the artisans from their age-old traditions of spinning and weaving. The Patan Patola is also known as " The cloth of kings". The sari is created in pure silk and is an ultimate manifestation of weaving mastery that has been attained over several centuries. The town of Patan, located in Gujarat is the birthplace of this traditional textile in India. The Sari is made of silk and adorned with the intricate technique of: "Double Ikat" wherein the warp and weft threads are dyed to create a motif, once woven. Patan Patolas are of rich cultural significance and are believed to hold miraculous powers of attracting holy prosperity.
The craft of Patan Patola saris is extraordinarily laborious and requires a timeline of five months to one year to make one sari lending to their high prices in the market. Another feature of these hand-dyed patolas, that makes them stand out is the presence of unique visual and tactile textures created to appear identical on the front and back of the sari. The main traditional motifs used in the sari are found on the architecture of a historic well in Patan known as "Rani ka Vav".Additionally features like the Nari Kunjar (Nari(Human Figure), Kunjar(Elephant), Totta ( Parrot)), the Ratanchawk, the Phul bhat ( Florals), the Navratna, Vohra Gajji ( Geometric designs) and many more.
A patola sari lasts for a historic time period of about eighty - a hundred years making them heirloom collectable worthy. The value of a patola sari increase as it gets older, rather than decreasing, due to the high acclaim that it upholds. Patolas have become a prized possession because of this esteem and longevity.
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