Nirguna's Odisha Collection

Weaving History: A Fusion of Traditional Techniques with Modern Designs in Nirguna's Odisha Collection

Posted on: May 12th, 2024 01:52 AM

Odisha handloom weaving is a profound art form steeped in the culture and heritage of Odisha, India. This ancient tradition has been passed down through generations, each adding their own unique touch to the intricate designs and techniques. Key to Odia handloom are the textiles like Bandha/ikat, Bomkai, Berhampuri and Kotpad sarees, each of which tells a story of its own. Nirguna takes pride in being instrumental in the revival of a century old lost saree, the Dhalapathara Saree.  

The Significance of Odia Handloom Weaving

 Handloom weaving in Odisha is not just a craft but a cultural narrative that embodies the aesthetics, social values, and historical contexts of the region. These handlooms are significant for their role in the socio-economic development of rural artisans, supporting numerous families across the state.    

 Unique Weaving Techniques and Textiles

 1. Ikat/Bandha :

Known for its "resist dyeing" technique, Odia Ikat is distinctive in its blurred lines and patterns. This technique involves dyeing the threads before they are woven, a meticulous process that results in sophisticated designs typical of Odisha’s Ikat sarees. Khandua cluster in Cuttack district is also known for ikat weaving. The curvilinear pattern and intricacy of Odisha ikat is not found in any other cluster sarees.

2. Bomkai :

Originating from Bomkai in Ganjam district, it is celebrated for its intricate thread work and striking geometric patterns. Bomkai sarees often feature mythological motifs and are a symbol of elegance in the Odia handloom tradition. It was later developed in the jala technique.

3. Dhalapathara :

These sarees are renowned for their vibrant colours and traditional motifs which include flowers, shells, and wheels. Nirguna takes pride in being instrumental in the revival of Dhalapathara. This century old lost weave is woven in the traditional loom with the help of "chiaris"

4. Berhampuri:

 Berhampuri silk sarees, originating from Berhampur in Odisha, are renowned for their distinctive weaving style and lustrous quality. Berhampuri silk, also known as 'Berhampuri Patta', holds a special place in the cultural tapestry of Odisha handloom traditions.

5.  Kotpad:

 These Kotpad sarees are revered for their organic dyes, primarily derived from the aul tree, which gives them a unique earthy red hue. Characterized by their simple yet captivating patterns often symbolizes tribal folklore and environment. This handloom tradition not only represents a significant cultural heritage but also supports the livelihood of the tribal communities in Odisha.  

 Nirguna’s Odisha Collection

 At Nirguna, we take pride in preserving these ancient weaving techniques while integrating a touch of modernity to appeal to contemporary tastes. Our collection showcases:

•  Luxurious Sambalpuri, Sonepuri, Khandua and Berhampuri Silk Sarees : Perfect for those who appreciate the art of precision and detail. Each saree is a canvas of colour and pattern, ideal for festive and formal occasions.

•  Elegant Bomkai and Kotpad Cotton Sarees : These sarees blend traditional motifs with vibrant colours, making them suitable for both daily wear and special events.

•  Exclusive Dhalapathara Designs : With their iconic designs and durable quality, our Dhalapathara sarees stand out as a testament to the skill of Odia weavers. And we take pride for being instrumental in reviving this weave.  


Nirguna’s commitment to promoting the Odia handloom tradition brings these timeless pieces to a global audience. Each saree from our collection is not just attire but a piece of Odisha’s heritage, crafted with love and care by skilled artisans. Embrace the elegance of Odia handloom and explore our exclusive collection at www.nirguna.in , where tradition meets contemporary fashion. Dive into the world of exquisite patterns and vibrant storytelling woven into each of our sarees.     

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