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Sambalpuri Sarees

Sambalpuri Sarees Sambalpuri Saree is a traditional handloom Ikkat sari, produced in the Sambalpur district of Indian state Orissa. Orissan Sambalpuri sarees are some of the most beautiful sarees in India. The Sambalpuri sarees are very popular and highly demanded for their elegant prints. Sambalpuri sarees are known for their traditional motifs and come in many different patterns and colors for every taste and budget.

Fabrics in Sambalpuri Saree

Sambalpuri textile is essentially handloom. Cotton Sambalpuri sarees are very popular. Sambalpuri sarees are woven in high quality cotton fabric. Silk fabric is also used in sambalpuri saris. The fabrics once colored cannot be bleached. The fabric may get thin and gradually damage but the colour still does not fade.
Sambalpuri Saree
Sambalpuri Saree

Designs and Motifs of Sambalpuri Sarees for Women

One of the highlighting features of the Sambalpuri sarees is the tie and dye method which is used in fabricating these saris. Here the warp and the weft are tie-dyed before weaving. The weavers conceptualize the design, draws it and according to the design, he colors the yarn, all by hand. It represents the life and gives a message "Your body may wear but the soul lives for ever". The traditional motifs which are most commonly woven in these sarees are like shankha (shell), Chakra (wheel), phula (interest), flowers and animal motifs with deep symbolism.


The cotton sambalpuri sarees have a smooth finish. The traditional motifs are also woven in the borders and pallu. Silk Sambalpuri sarees from Orissa are also in single and double ikat. In contrast to the ikats or patolas of Gujarat, these sarees are sober in color and decorated with curved forms.

Popularity of Sambalpuri Women Sarees

In the 1980s, the Sambalpuri sari became an international brand, thanks to substantial non-governmental support and the setting up of weavers' cooperatives. Late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi became a sort of 'brand ambassador' of the Sambalpuri saree -- it was her favourite attire. Newsreaders on India's national television channel, Doordarshan, turned this saree into an unofficial uniform. Even today, for both the young and old generation, Sambalpuri sarees are considered to be the most elegant of all sarees. These sarees have an appealing form, workmanship, design and colour combination which have increased its popularity to a great extent. The popularity of Indian Sambalpuri sarees has entered the foreign market as well.

Sambalpuri Saree Collection
Sambalpuri Saree Collection

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