UtkalaBastra Jet Black Tussar

SKU: USS174

Rs. 13,500

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.

We bring forward the ethos of 'Vocal for Local' through our series of "Utkala Bastra" (ଉତ୍କଳ ବସ୍ତ୍ର) Gopalpur Tussar Silk Sarees! "Utkala" like many of you know, is the old name of Odisha. "Bastra" means piece of clothing. Hence Utkalabastra means a piece of clothing from Odisha - yes...entire raw materials & making is from Odisha!! So normally when you go for any Gopalpur Tussar Silk Sarees, then the warp is made from Korea or China Tussar silk & weft is made from desi Tussar of Odisha. This is because, apart from cheap import price of Korea tussar, the processing of this tussar has been fine & good and it is easy for the Gopalpur Tussar weavers to weave the sarees & fabrics. The final product also stays finer. However, when on both sides (warp, weft) desi Odisha tussar is used, then it becomes very difficult for the weavers to weave. The women of Nuapatna & Gopalpur process the desi tussar by reeling on their thighs- a very cumbersome, time-taking & difficult process, which raises the cost of the processed desi tussar. Earlier, when imports were not there, most of the tussar silks of Odisha were UtkalaBastra only! People adapted those with full fervour. But when imports started, the UtkalaBastra started dying a slow death. Neither consumers wanted to pay higher price, nor producers wanted to get into hassle of production.

Still our weavers made, but very few of these UtkalaBastra. So now with the fresh call of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, these gorgeous sarees need to be encouraged widely! Go for this black Gopalpur Tussar, with phoda kumbha temples and beautiful straight lines work in the anchal!

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.

We bring forward the ethos of 'Vocal for Local' through our series of "Utkala Bastra" (ଉତ୍କଳ ବସ୍ତ୍ର) Gopalpur Tussar Silk Sarees! "Utkala" like many of you know, is the old name of Odisha. "Bastra" means piece of clothing. Hence Utkalabastra means a piece of clothing from Odisha - yes...entire raw materials & making is from Odisha!! So normally when you go for any Gopalpur Tussar Silk Sarees, then the warp is made from Korea or China Tussar silk & weft is made from desi Tussar of Odisha. This is because, apart from cheap import price of Korea tussar, the processing of this tussar has been fine & good and it is easy for the Gopalpur Tussar weavers to weave the sarees & fabrics. The final product also stays finer. However, when on both sides (warp, weft) desi Odisha tussar is used, then it becomes very difficult for the weavers to weave. The women of Nuapatna & Gopalpur process the desi tussar by reeling on their thighs- a very cumbersome, time-taking & difficult process, which raises the cost of the processed desi tussar. Earlier, when imports were not there, most of the tussar silks of Odisha were UtkalaBastra only! People adapted those with full fervour. But when imports started, the UtkalaBastra started dying a slow death. Neither consumers wanted to pay higher price, nor producers wanted to get into hassle of production.

Still our weavers made, but very few of these UtkalaBastra. So now with the fresh call of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, these gorgeous sarees need to be encouraged widely! Go for this black Gopalpur Tussar, with phoda kumbha temples and beautiful straight lines work in the anchal!
Saree Length: 6.3 Metres, Width: 47 Inches, Weight: 592 Gms, Blouse Piece: Included, Material: Desi Tussar Silk on both warp and weft
(1) The colors of the actual product may look slightly different due to different screens used for viewing the digital photography captured. Our endeavor has been to present the true shades of the products as far as possible. (2) There may be loose threads on the backside of pallu of saree, which is a mark of true handwoven and handloom saree. (3) The slight irregularities in the body/anchal/border of saree are to be celebrated as a mark of true handloom products. (4) Wash Care: We advise dry cleaning for the silk sarees and handwashing separately in cold water alongwith drying in shade for our cotton products. Iron Care: Light iron to be used. For pattachitra handpainted items, please iron only on backside. Otherwise use a cotton cloth on top of the painted parts while ironing.

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