Bomkai has originated from a small village called Bomkai in Ganjam district, South Odisha (woven mainly on coarse cotton). The different types of motifs used are Kanthiphula, atasi flower, bitter gourd flower, fly, birds, peacock, fish lotus, damru etc in geometrical forms. Some of the border motifs used are rows of kumbha (temple spires). Sri Kabiraj Nayak staying in Chikiti, Ganjam, was the only weaver family weaving these beautiful sarees. The unfortunate passing away of Sri Nayak recently, has brought personal sense of loss to our extended Utkalamrita family of weavers. However, we have also been fortunate to have been in touch with the original Ganjam bomkai cottons made by Sri Neelakantha of Ganjam district. All the stunning sarees put up in our this section, are made by the humble looms of Sri Neelakantha.
Please note that this is not 'siminoi' or 'tribal siminoi' as told by many sellers and wearers on their social media accounts. This is an original Ganjam Bomkai as opposed to the forms of Bomkai developed later in Western Odisha with motifs like doll, birds, fish etc. Currently such Bomkai sarees with buti and temple borders are well-known but the true original Ganjam Bomkai has a charm of its own. This mustard golden color Ganjam Bomkai with black borders is a true heart stealer!