Collection: Patola - single ikat

Patola - Single Ikat woven in Gujarat

Patola - a tie-dyed handwoven textile of Gujarat origin, involves a time consuming and lengthy process of tying the threads in a calculated manner to form patterns and to weave them precisely & meticulously.

The glory of these resplendent sarees doesn’t lie in the gold or zari inlay, unlike other popular weaves like Kanjeevarams or Benarasis. On the contrary, Patolas are simpler and plainer, and their preciousness emerges from the uniqueness of colour, patterns and textures they have. Many other weaving techniques in India and the world play with the popular Ikat weave, but nowhere else do the geometric motifs assume the stature of grandeur – as they do in the famed Patolas.

Intricate patterning are done in warp and weft to create a double ikat textile making it an exclusive and expensive masterpiece. The single ikat has the patterned weft woven in a plain wrap. 

Story of Warp and Weft in Ikkat - Patola

Man weaving Red Patola Saree on Handloom

Patola, a revered handwoven textile, holds a prestigious place in the rich tapestry of Indian craftsmanship. This exquisite art form, known for its vibrant colours and intricate patterns, is deeply intertwined with the cultural heritage of Gujarat. Particularly, the cities of Patan, Rajkot & Surendranagar are renowned for their expertise in crafting Patola sarees, showcasing the meticulous Ikat weaving technique.

Historical Heritage

The history of Patola can be traced back over a thousand years, making it one of the oldest and most revered weaving traditions in India. Patola sarees were historically associated with royalty and were considered a symbol of prestige and luxury. Mastered by the weavers of Salvi community, the art of Patola weaving has been passed down through generations of skilled artisans, preserving its authenticity and cultural significance.

Ikkat Weaving Technique

At the heart of Patola lies the Ikkat weaving technique, a method that involves resist-dyeing the yarns before they are woven into the fabric. This meticulous process requires precision and skill, as the yarns are tied and dyed in specific patterns, creating the desired design. The resist-dyed yarns are then carefully woven on a handloom to produce a tapestry of intricate motifs and vibrant colors that define Patola sarees.

Double Ikat vs. Single Ikat

Patola sarees are distinguished by their use of both warp and weft threads that are resist-dyed before weaving. This unique characteristic is known as double Ikat or dual Ikat, setting Patola apart from other Ikkat traditions. The precision required for aligning both the warp and weft threads during the weaving process contributes to the complexity and richness of Patola sarees. In a Single Ikat saree, distinct patterns emerge as patterned weft threads intricately interlace with a plain warp, creating a unique and distinguished textile. Both single and double ikat possess the intricate charm and complexity reminiscent of Patola, each being an authentic handcrafted saree in its own distinctive way.

Patan and Rajkot - Hubs of Patola Weaving

Patan and Rajkot, two Gujarat cities, stand as renowned hubs for Patola weaving. Patan, a centuries-old center, is acclaimed for its Patola craftsmanship. Rajkot, equally significant, contributes to the Patola tradition, where skilled artisans produce masterpieces reflecting the region's artistic heritage. Surendranagar, another town, boasts weavers dedicated to this craft.

Cultural Symbolism

Patolas are not merely sarees; they are intricate pieces of art that carry deep cultural symbolism. The motifs and colors in Patola sarees often hold auspicious meanings, making them an integral part of weddings, festivals, and other significant celebrations. The meticulous craftsmanship and rich symbolism embedded in Patola sarees contribute to their timeless appeal.

Traditional designs such as Navratna embodies cosmic harmony with nine gemstones, symbolizing celestial unity. Manekchowk paints a vivid picture of a bustling marketplace, infusing Patola with vibrant energy. Phool Chhabaddi weaves nature's beauty, portraying an elegant basket of flowers. Nari Kunjar, adorned with elephant motifs, signifies strength, grace, and cultural richness in every intricate thread.


Precious Patola - Handloom silk single ikat sarees by Chakor

CHAKOR's Precious Patola

CHAKOR proudly presents a captivating collection of meticulously handwoven Patola sarees & dupattas, embodying Gujarat's rich heritage. Our commitment to showcasing this ancient art form blends tradition with contemporary elegance, evident in vibrant colors and intricate Ikat patterns. These sarees, steeped in centuries-old craftsmanship, enchant textile aficionados. Each piece stands as a testament to the enduring artistry of Ikkat weaving, celebrating Gujarat's cultural legacy. Explore the timeless allure of Patola with CHAKOR, where tradition and style harmoniously unite in every meticulously crafted saree. Experience the journey of cultural richness and craftsmanship with our exquisite Patola collection.