The textiles here are woven in a heavy cotton with a count of between 10 and 20. The pallu and border are detailed in natural colours of terracotta and brown derived from Indian Madder, and black from rusted iron. Saris are now also being woven in finer counts for the urban market. Innovations include a mixed weave combining cotton and tussar. Their dramatic yet simple designs have very contemporary appeal.
The tribal weaves of Bastar are woven on manual looms. This process can be dated to before the 16th century. The textiles have designs of animals, birds, huts, bows, arrows, plants, peacocks, tribal flowers, pitchers, temples, and lions woven on them. These fabrics are worn by the tribals on the occasion of festivals, dances, and marriages.
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