Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics from GI (Geographical Indications) document says that Tie & Dye weaving in western Odisha came into existence during 600 BC. In traditional handwoven ikat or baandha, one of warp/weft is tied and dyed prior to weaving (single ikat) or both warp and weft are tie-dyed before weaving (double ikat). Weavers are distributed in Bargarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Bolangir, Nuapada & Sambalpur & some parts of Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda districts where Meher community reside. For weaving, traditional pit loom with throw/fly shuttle technique is used. Varieties are Sonepuri, Pasapali, Bomkai, Sachipar, Bichitrapuri, Bapta (Cotton & Silk mixed) etc, sarees and fabrics. ‘Pasapali’ is amongst the most beautiful sambalpuri patterns. ‘Sakta’ is another name of Pasapali. Pasa refers to one form of ancient game of chess played since Mahabharat times where the dice rolling set on course the fate of the players. The checkerboard pattern is double ikat- meaning both warp and weft are tied and dyed before weaving. That is why it is classy and timeless- as the similar colors reinforce on each other making the colors stand out on those checks! The long lines of diagonally criss-crossing checks intersperses with single ikat (waves and fish ikat) in between to be called as ‘Madhupuri’. Make this a chic addition to your wardrobe for the scorching summer, or indeed any time of the year! Bandha or Tie and dye is a difficult craft and that our weavers do with such skilled precision, is a commendable thing.