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parts of Rajasthan as well, gave their patronage to the Salvi silk weavers of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Traditional lore has it that as many as 700 weavers accompanied Raja Kumarapala to the palace of Patan and that the ruler himself wore a Patola silk robe on the occasion. After the Solanki dynasty the Salvi weavers found patronage in affluent Gujarati merchants. Slowly the and steadily the Patola made its mark and became a status symbol in Gujarati households.

The Patola is intricacy personified. It is woven in the double ikkat style. The weaving is done only on traditional handlooms and the dyes are made from vegetable extracts and other natural colours. Perhaps one of the most complicated of all textile designs in the world, it takes almost 4-6 months to weave one saree. The result of this being that both sides of the saree look exactly the same and can be worn either way. Fascinating isn't it!!

The Patola is characterized by its geometrical delineation of design. It is distinguished by the tie-and-weave method wherein the yarn is dyed in bright colours and intricate designs are worked out before being woven.

The Patola Sarees with their flaming colours and geometric designs interspersed with folk motifs are the pride of Gujarat. No bridal trousseau is complete without a Patola.
10. Cotton sarees
Cotton sarees
A cotton saree is comfort itself. In India it perhaps the most favoured of all sarees. Perfect for the Indian summer the cotton saree is a matchless blend of comfort and elegance.
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