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The world famous Sambalpuri Saris are made from fabric woven on a handloom. Sari being the traditional outfits of India is being in use since ages. The culture of Sambalpur also has a deep connection with the Saris that are being made in the District. The ranges of Sambalpuri saris include Pasapali, Bapta, Sonepuri, Barpali, Bomkai etc saris are some of the most demanded Saris in the entire state.
History about Sambalpuri Sari
During the critical stage of the traditional Sari culture of Sambalpur and the weavers who were in this profession from their generations started migrating from their profession at that time Padmashree Dr. Krutartha Acharya turned up and took various steps to safegaurd the skills of the weavers and their keenness in business and trade and also to preserve, improve and propagate the traditional handloom Ikat. He established ‘Sambalpuri Bastralaya’ in the year 1930. With his efforts and noble intention for improvement of the socio-economic conditions of a huge number of weavers of the west part of the state, he constituted a co-operative establishment in the year 1954 with the name “The Sambalpuri Bastraalaya - Handloom Society Ltd’. Presently it is believed to be one amongst the largest Handloom societies and also the unique ones in the state as well as in the entire country.
Significance of Sambalpuri Saris
The Sambalpuri Saris are the symbol of incredible heritage, rich culture, tradition and intricate technique of the weavers of state of Odisha. The Sambalpuri saris are available in huge varieties of colors and designs that suit every Indian woman’s taste and are even affordable as well. The historical events such as Raslila, Ayodhya Vijay and Mathura Vijay are being depicted on the paintings of Tussar saris. The Sambalpuri saris have been an important part of the ethnic Indian female attire and have been unadulterated in the present western-culture inspired apparel world.
Baandha Form of Sambalpuri Saris
The unique manner of crafting which is known as the “Baandha” is also the basic format of the Sambalpuri fabrics. Conventionally, the craftsman use to create the Baandhas along the images of the flora and fauna and also with several geometrical patterns. In the recent times several new varieties of Baandha that depicts the landscapes flower pots and portraits that are said to be in fashion.
Legendary People Who Contributed to Sambalpuri Handloom
Padmashri Chatrubhujaa Meher, Padmashri Kruthartha Acharyaa and Padmashri Kunjaa Bihari Meher were some of the few who have their immense contribution in making the Sambalpuri handloom known worldwide. These were the genius craftsmen who added their best support in the growth of Sambalpuri fabrics. Shree Radhashyaam Meher was also one among hem who produced the Khadi textiles with the usage of the famous Bandha art.
Issues faced by the Sambalpuri Handloom
The indigenously made Sambalpuri saris, though a piece of art, face many serious issues that need to be addressed. The youth of today are needed to be made more aware of this Indian female attire, techniques of international. Standards are needed to be incorporated in the methods of production and more and more number of skilled workers are also be engaged in the process. There is a need of vocational training and workshops in order to keep this beautiful tradition which has started evading from the minds of the upcoming generation.