Rising Sun Gopalpur Tussar Saree
Gopalpur tussar has flourished since 16th century AD in Jajpur district when Sri Chaitanya (propagator of Bhakti Movement) with devotees (some were weavers) visited Odisha. Good quality katia yarns are procured from Mankidia of Balasore & Nuapatna district. Tussar silk cocoons are separated by specialized female artisans- good quality is reeled into tussar yarn while coarse quality tussar is called ghicha tussar yarn. Weaving is done in a fly shuttle frame loom having auto take up motion and dobby attachment. The use of Brahmani river water for degumming imparts lustre and shine to tussar silk produced in this cluster. This is made from ghicha tussar, yet feels smooth and falls wonderfully on the body. The Pitch Darkness and Rising Sun tussar combo imparts elegance to the wearer.