Tribal Body Ikat Gopalpur Tussar
Gopalpur Tussar has flourished since 16th century AD in quaint village of Gopalpur in Jajpur district when Sri Chaitanya (propagator of Bhakti Movement) with devotees (some were weavers) visited Odisha. Good quality katia yarns for this are procured from Mankidia of Balasore & also from Nuapatna district.
Home prepared yarn is used in this wherein the Tussar silk cocoons are separated by specialized female artisans by using their own thighs for reeling, which comes out of really good quality. Some others like ghicha tussar yarn are produced from the wastes, which are coarse quality. Weaving done in a fly shuttle frame loom having auto take up motion and dobby attachment. The use of Brahmani river water for degumming imparts lustre and shine to tussar silk produced in this cluster, and give special 'Geographical Indication' status to it. The cluster produces many products: Saree, Stole, dress materials, bedsheet, mats, cushion cover etc. This saree reminds us of rising orange sun contrasted with blue sky! This Gopalpur Tussar saree is a special and most elegant weave. This is made from fine tussar, and feels smooth and falls wonderfully on the body. This combo imparts elegance to the wearer. This saree has tribal theme based body ikat mehendi blue colour with traditional design imparts a never-seen-before beauty and uniqueness to this soft, fine and smoothest tussar silk saree!