This fine example of Ikat is commonly known as Sambalpuri sari.These saris are woven in many surrounding towns and villages of Sambalpur.All sambalpuri saris traditionally are do-muha with pallu (two end pieces).The most elaborate saris with wide border and long end pieces are worn on special occasions.Everyday saris have narrower borders and shorter end pieces.The highly valued saris have borders with ten bands of flowers giving it the name dus phoolia sari(with ten bands of flowers).
The present do-muha sari is called a hansabali kapta(with geese and vines).Its ground has the most popular traditional design sakatpar,the oriya name for chaupar (checkerboard) made in shades of red and black.The sakatpar board game is traditionally played by the newly married couple.
Gift of Shirin Jehangir Sabavala.
Textiles and Costumes of India
20th Century CE