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. “Sachipar” is a sambalpuri saree with lines criss-crossing across length and breadth of the body. It is known as a favorite saree of none other than Smt. Indira Gandhi, India’s Iron Lady and first woman Prime Minister of India. Her wardrobe having been passed on to Priyanka Gandhi, has been much popularised and sachipar is a very searched for handloom saree! Make this a chic addition to your wardrobe for the scorching summer, or indeed any time of the year!