Khandua Facts from GI (Geographical Indications) Document: Origin of Khandua traces back to 12th Century AD and it is closely associated with Lord Jagannath Temple rituals at Puri, Odisha. Khandua is the Weave of the single largest cluster in Odisha at Nuapatna. Here, 10,000 weavers are present with approximately 6000 looms. The Weaves varieties are Nabarangi, Tarabali, Gitagobinda Bastra etc. Common Motifs are Star, temple, conch, rudrakshya, fish, chakra, lotus, swan, peacock, parrot, deer, elephant, horse, lion etc. Nature truly is the origin of all designs. Man is just an intelligent being, trying to decipher nature eternally and depicting it through various art. Here, it is the best of single ikat! Single ikat means one out of warp and weft is tied and dyed prior to weaving, giving curvilinear ikat patterns par excellence in the finished weave!
This group tribal khandua silk is a revelation of tribal culture, as it has motifs of tribals in groups showing unity, plus motifs of tribals beating grains with 'dhinki' & of agricultural plants showing their farming activity. The anchal with typical khandua silk flowers ikat is beautiful too. The Khandua weavers have made this unique piece with lot of love with their dexterous skilled hands. Such a Khandua looks elegant beyond imagination!