Patola Sarees By Karagiri



Patola means “Queen of Silks”, recent Indian weaves have led to a renewed interest in several time-honored techniques, and Gujarat's famous weave, patola, is high on that list. Patola sarees are woven with great lucidity and perfection.

Patola Silk Sarees are one of the outstanding varieties of handloom silk saree from Gujarat, India. They are known all over the world for their highly exquisite patterns. The master weavers weave this saree on a special type of silk called ‘Patola Silk Saree.’


The name patola is descended from the Sanskrit word ‘pattakulla', and is the plural form of the word is 'patolu.' Patola sarees are originated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It is presumed that 700 silk weavers of the Salvi caste of Karnataka and Maharashtra moved to Gujarat in the 12th century to acquire the patronage of the Solanki Rajputs, the leading class of Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan at that time.

Variety in Patola sarees

Patola sarees online have a wide range of variations. Animals, birds, flowers, and human figures form the basic designs. The designs are sometimes unchanging and often the geometric patterns are noticed in these types of sarees. The designs of this saree basically are taken into three types that include.

  • purely geometric forms.
  • reminiscent of Islamic architectural embellishments
  • ajrak is complicated geometric print designs of the Sind, such as the most know design the Navaratna Bhat – nine jewels design.

These people serve to the needs of the Muslim market which did not prefer depictions of human life and animals, such as:

  • Paan Bhat ( peepal tree leaf design)
  • Chhaabdi Bhat (floral basket design)

The Patola sarees are also designed with different patterns that depict forms as

  • Nari (dancing woman),
  • Kinjar (elephant) and
  • Popat (parrot).

Two different types of Patola sarees are:

Rajkot Patola: This is only vertically resist-dyed (single ikkat).

Patan Patola: This is horizontally-resist dyed (double ikkat).

Patola sarees are known for their flaming bright colors and geometric designs are interwoven. Every Patola saree is one of its kinds as it is created entirely with the passion, skill, and the hard work of the weavers.

While the Rajkot has the specialty in the single ikkat and vertically resist-dyed, the Patan famous for its double ikkat pattern and horizontally resist-dyed. The Patan Patola is made in the double ikkat style, which is the most complex textile design in the whole world. Both sides of the saree have the same design so they can be draped either way. This makes the exclusive combination of art silk sarees and printed patola sarees.

How to take care of your Sarees

  • It is recommended that you have to dry clean your sarees.
  • If you are washing at home, make sure to simply dip it in cold water a few times before hanging out to dry out.
  • Do not use detergent or soap in the first few washes and a clothes brush.
  • Do not leave the saree hanging on a hanger for too long as the crease could become permanent which can't be removed.
  • Try keeping them in a dark spot after wrapping them up in a muslin cloth before putting into your cupboard.
  • Keeping them in a dark corner can help avoid discoloration of the saree.
  • Iron the saree with very much care on a low setting or get it steam ironed.
  • These expensive sarees dry cleaned professionally is a much better idea than trying to clean them at home.