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.