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Why Berhampur is at the centre of producing the one of a kind 'Berhampuri Silk' Sarees

Posted on April 27th, 2022 01:58 PM

Every avid Saree lover knows that silk is beautiful, elegant, can be draped perfectly and is easy to manage. Which is why you will find a huge demand for silk sarees today, even among the young GenZ’ers of the world. It is versatile, limitless and looks good on everyone!  

Berhampuri Silk Sarees wear the crown for being one of the most authentic silk saree collections today. Berhampuri Silk, also known as Berhampur Patta is known to be a top favourite among saree enthusiasts.  

Berhampuri Silk is unlike any normal silk weave you’ve come across; it is thick and textured which gives it a rich and royal feeling.  

But how did this craft originate? How did Berhampur become a prime trading centre?  

For that, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit how Berhampur came to be known as the Silk City of India.  

History of Berhampur

Brahmapur(the name is said to be derived from Lord Brahmeswara), also known as Berhampur is a city on the eastern coastline of Ganjam district of the Indian state of Odisha in East India {Wikipedia}  

Berhampur borders Andhra Pradesh which gives it a distinct South Indian touch as well. It is a hotspot for many famous tourist attractions especially temples with pristine architecture, namely Mahurikalua( a temple dedicated to Goddess Mahuri Kalua) and the Budi Thakurani Temple.  

The community of weavers in Berhampur are known as the Dera Community who have kept this craft alive for centuries. Berhampur is naturally gifted, with its super fertile soil and dense vegetation. It is said that the ‘Berhampuri Patta’ is a gift from the weaver community in Berhmapur to the rest of the world!  

However, the number of weaver families is now dwindling, from a good 500 families, the number has now come down to a mere 50 families still practicing the craft.  

Making of a Berhampuri Silk Saree  

Berhampuri Weaving uses Pure Silk, and both Wrap and Weft techniques. It is a time-consuming process, and one saree can take up to 7 days with 12 hours of work each day.  

It is also known as Phoda Kumbha because of the designs on the borders of the sarees. It is symmetrical and alike on both sides. The exquisite designs typically include motifs of Temples and Nature.   https://www.nirguna.in/products/odisha-handloom-berhampuri-single-pallu-silk-saree-3

Symmetrical motifs on the borders of this Nirguna Exclusive Berhampuri Silk Saree.  

Nirguna’s Berhampuri Collection  

At Nirguna, we strive to bridge the gap between modern and rural India with our hand-crafted products. Nirguna is a big believer in the #VocalforLocal and #HandWoveninIndia Movements.  

When it comes to our Berhampuri Collection, there is no word better to be believed than that our very own customers.  

“A fire engine red Berhampuri patta with double palla, for rescuing a girl running pillar to post these days. Of late days are super full and I really could do with more hours in a day and more days in a week. As the sun went down, so did the excitement to drape a precious Kanchi which needs daylight to enhance its beauty. But this Berhampuri was shining today even indoors perking my mood up.”  

 

Sripriya  

India  

23 Apr, 2022  

Here is our dedicated collection of Berhampuri Silk Sarees, check it out now!  

https://www.nirguna.in/categories/berhampuri-patta-silk-sarees-online

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