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! 'Scot' is mentioned as a type of saree under Khandua Sarees & Fabrics GI Document. It means that near the lower part of saree, some extra tie and dye work is done & a thick border is seen. Here, it is creepers made all along the border and hence, "daali scot". When the weavers looked for inspiration what to weave, they saw the creepers (daali in Odia means creepers). They came up with this brilliant temple border weave with creepers intermingling between the big temples at bottom while top of saree has smaller continuous temples! This comes in many dashing color combinations but the off white maroon is amongst the most attractive! The body is off white and thick maroon border with flowers and plants is an added attraction! The maroon pallu is gorgeous too!
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