Patan Patola by Nirmal Salvi
A patola is an extremely prized style of fabric. It’s ostentatious status as a fabric is derived from it’s intensive and time consuming production process native to the city of Patan in Northern Gujarat. The fabric is double Ikat and made out of pure silk. The labour intensive process means that each piece of Patola can take anywhere from 4 to 12 months to make dependant on the colours and designs chosen.
These patolas are unique as they look and feel the same way from the front and the back sides, this is due to the use of horizontal double resist technique of dyeing each strand separately before weaving them. To create a Patan Patola, both the wrap and the weft threads are hand-wrapped to resist the dye according to the design of the patola. The technique of dyeing the wrap and the weft before the weaving is called double ikat. The bundle of threads are strategically knotted before they are dyed. This mind boggling complexity and careful intensiveness is what makes these Patan Patolas so rare and so prized. The value of these fabrics is so great that even the Colonial British found themselves mesmerised by the fabric and presented a piece to Queen Victoria which she displayed most proudly in the Victoria and Albert Museum. We are excited to share with you Patola by Nirmal Salvi, so that you may too adorn yourself in a piece of eternally revered Indian fabric.