Thursday, 12 June 2014

Gopalpur Ikat Weaving Cluster

The way was literally littered with the inspiration from the motifs of Pat Chitra. Here are some glimpses. The pictures are taken from a temple. 

 These tiles (below) are widely used in making houses and boundary walls.

Gopalpur is known for the tussar weaving. They tie and dye the yarn to create the temple motifs. The tying and dyeing is not practiced here and they buy it from Nuaptana. They also do a lot of Ghicha weaving. 

Below is a white eri sari. Notice the contamination of the yarn, because the moth escapes out of the cocoon by secreting a fluid. A fine example of Ahimsa Silk.

An example of ghicha Temple sari woven on the loom.

Notice the bow used to control the width, it also leaves a few holes in the sari at the selvedge

The temples are adjusted and aligned by pulling out the yarn at the selvedge itself, no doubt these sarees have uneven selvedge. 

The picture and video below depicts weaving of weft Ikat in the Gopalpur ( Jazpur) Orissa. The saree is woven on the wrong side. See carefully how the design is adjusted by pinching the weft after each pick is inserted. The result is a beautiful design, the "flaw" at the left side of the sari are the "pinched" portion of weft to adjust the design. Incidentally, the Ikat in Gopalpur is woven in Majority of Tussar ( 33/37) with a classic temple motif done in weft ikat, which can also be seen in the video.

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