Vikramaditya's Singhasan

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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.

VIKRAMADITYA'S SINGHASAN (THRONE)

Vikramaditya or Chandragupta II was a brave, legendary ruler of 1st Century BC. His capital was Ujjain. Vikram Charita which dates back to 11th Century, tells that this extraordinary Throne was gifted by Lord Indra to Vikramaditya, being impressed by the latter's wisdom and insight. It is said that Lord Indra had in turn been rewarded this Throne by Lord Shiva!

32 lifelike statues of Apsaras (fairies) had been made on the steps leading to the Throne. Due to a curse, these attendants of Goddess Parvati had been turned into statues supporting the throne, made of pure gold & embellished with diamonds & precious jewels. After Vikramaditya died, the scholars of Ujjain buried the Throne as no one was worthy enough to ascend on it. Later, 11th Century King Bhoja found it. Each of the 32 apsaras tells Bhoja a story about the life and adventures of Vikramaditya, in order to convince him that he is not deserving of Vikramaditya's throne. These 32 tales are written in the book "Singhasan Battisi" or "32 Tales of the Throne". After each tale, Bhoja acknowledges his inferiority. Pleased with his humility, the statues finally let him ascend the throne & also get freed from their curse!

Our pics show the richness of this cotton Sambalpuri weave. Masterpiece bandha of lion work has been done across body and anchal. The throne is regal, so are the roaring lions- a symbol of Power & dominance! 

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.

VIKRAMADITYA'S SINGHASAN (THRONE)

Vikramaditya or Chandragupta II was a brave, legendary ruler of 1st Century BC. His capital was Ujjain. Vikram Charita which dates back to 11th Century, tells that this extraordinary Throne was gifted by Lord Indra to Vikramaditya, being impressed by the latter's wisdom and insight. It is said that Lord Indra had in turn been rewarded this Throne by Lord Shiva!

32 lifelike statues of Apsaras (fairies) had been made on the steps leading to the Throne. Due to a curse, these attendants of Goddess Parvati had been turned into statues supporting the throne, made of pure gold & embellished with diamonds & precious jewels. After Vikramaditya died, the scholars of Ujjain buried the Throne as no one was worthy enough to ascend on it. Later, 11th Century King Bhoja found it. Each of the 32 apsaras tells Bhoja a story about the life and adventures of Vikramaditya, in order to convince him that he is not deserving of Vikramaditya's throne. These 32 tales are written in the book "Singhasan Battisi" or "32 Tales of the Throne". After each tale, Bhoja acknowledges his inferiority. Pleased with his humility, the statues finally let him ascend the throne & also get freed from their curse!

Our pics show the richness of this cotton Sambalpuri weave. Masterpiece bandha of lion work has been done across body and anchal. The throne is regal, so are the roaring lions- a symbol of Power & dominance! 
Length- 6.3 metres, Breadth- 47 inches, Weight- 600 gm, Blouse piece- Included in saree, Material- Mercerised Cotton, Thread: 2/120 (Warp), 2/120 (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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