Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sambalpur Handloom - The Glory of Western Odisha

Hi Readers hope you are enjoying my posts. This is Paromita Das - Clothing Designer and Owner Fashion Studio Urban Purple - I am presenting the fragrance of Orissa which gives insight to the Hand-loom of Orissa. This time I have came up with the Hand-loom fabric of Orissa as this is my second Home State. For Fashion Designers worldwide the Hand loom of Orissa gives inspiration with its rich cultural heritage rich fabric and sari. However, to cope up with the current trend and modern women’s need the designers should mold themselves to match the fashion trend and makes it more viable towards the modern world. In my collection “Fragrance of Orissa Hand-loom” I have tried to bring awareness about the rich hand loom of Orissa and how it can be molded to the modern and contemporary silhouettes. This collection is somewhat close to the thought process which I have gathered during my visit to Orissa. In this collection I have used Bomkai mixed with Cuttacki and Ekat. These are the core fabrics of Orissa with numerous variety and flavor.As Freelance Clothing Designer and busy schedule of my design studio work of Tech Pack Design I get little time to fulfill my dream of working with Indian Hand-loom Weavers. However, when I get little time I get associated with them.

Historical Significance of the Fabric Colors and Motifs

"Bomkai" design locally known as "Bandha" design is an Hand loom Technique of Southern Orissa “Sonepur”. The specialty of this fabric is designs on the fabric are created using needle and simple work of needle on Jala (Net Weaving) technique on hand loom. Motifs are influenced by tribal art with Temple patterns border and elegant color palette. The Borders are featured with ornament border. Border motifs are influenced by Temple, Kumbha, Rudraksha etc. Falling Edge of Bomkai fabric pattern on hand Weaved from gold or silver colored silk threads and patters like rukha (pestle, stick), Dombaru, Kanthi Phoola (small flower), Kalera (bitter gourd), Shankha (holy musical instrument) peacock and fish. Bomkai is also famous for Geometrical Tribal Designs. Specialty of Bomkai has its contrast borders, heavy designs with a close relation with Jagannath culture, four basic colors which commonly found on the Cloths of God Jagannath Black, White, Red, Yellow orange and is extensively used in Bomkai fabrics. The design and color palette makes Bomkai stand out.

This presentation of Orissa Fabrics is just beginning and Our Fashion Studio is working and trying to support the Hand-Loom Weavers Through designs and trying to show how hand-loom can be used not only for saries but also for western outfits. The motive of this blog is to convey and show the benefits, of those Eco friendly fabrics and handicrafts in European Fashion World and also American and other western countries fashion consumers. As a Freelance Fashion Designer and with no other support I have tried to make use of it in the best possible way and there would be a lot more coming up in my upcoming collection.

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