Bomkai Facts from GI (Geographical Indications) Document- Bomkai saree originated from a small village called Bomkai in Ganjam district, South Odisha (woven mainly on coarse cotton).
The designs now known as Bomkai developed in late 80’s around Sonepur (Western Odisha) on finer cotton & silk with numerous buta/buti design- which is nowadays the main focus point of Odisha handloom sarees.
It is woven by keeping warp stretched and extended while weft threads are interwoven within it. “Dobby”, “Jaala”, “Jacquard” techniques are used for this.
Prominent designs are Dancing doll, chariot, tree, horse, duck, tortoise, fish, buta/buti, boita (boat), creepers etc.
Motifs used are Kanthiphula, atasi flower, bitter gourd flower, fly, birds, peacock, fish lotus, damru etc in geometrical forms.
Border motifs and rows of kumbha (temple spires) are seen.