Tie & Dye: Patola Silks of Gujarat

Tie & Dye: Patola Silks of Gujarat


The traditional patola is a double-ikat silk, with intricate five-colour designs resist dyed into both warp and weft threads before weaving. In the patola both warp and weft is resist dyed in a manner that, when woven, the elements of patterns on warp and weft mesh completely and perfectly. A slight 'run-on' in texture - a flame effect - is often there, though in a pure patola this 'run-on' should be almost imperceptible.

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