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!
Natural colors used in this contemporary fusion saree of siminoi (border) with kotpad (Anchal) makes this a head turner. Natural black is derived using junk plus jaggery. After soaking junk in 15 days, it is boiled alongwith same water. Then the water got is mixed with jaggery and used in the threads to get black color. The attraction of this saree is the Two Deer woven on the anchal.
Wear glory woven by hand with love and exclusivity and not mass-produced by a noisy powerloom machine! Make an ethical, informed choice and help our heritage live eternally!