The Sambalpuri ikat, with its unusual but well-recognized patterns, in pure handloom cotton figures in a new range of exotic and pleasing hued dupattas or chunnis. From the land known for its handloom culture since centuries it has managed a fine blend of the traditional and trendy and never fails to create a flutter. Brought out by Unnti Silks it has certain remarkable features that make each product as difficult to choose as the next one. The highlighting feature are the beautiful ikat patterns that stand out to one side like on the pallu of a saree but in this case it is the dupatta.
The colors are chosen well, that could beautifully blend with the multi-colored ikat portion or contrast beautifully to add to the elegance of the wearer. Soothing yet standing out in mellow contrast to the ikat region, they make the onlookers easily attracted.
Added to a lovely scene that is created, the temple border increases the tempo and the wearer is soon to be the centre of the gaze of the onlookers for a wonderful sight that is displayed.
The Dupatta advantage
As accompaniment to the salwar suit, suitably adorned to match, as contrast or complement, the dupatta offers itself as backdrop for captivating patterns and motifs, canvas for exotic prints and abstract designs, lends suitable support for magical thread work or embroidery, allows breezy floral prints to infuse a new freshness in the surroundings. The sky is the limit in the possibilities offered.
An engaging fabric, one exquisite dupatta easily pairs well with different salwar kameez. Also known as chunni, the colourful dupatta has utilitarian functions also. It is used as a protective scarf in windy conditions, serves as a stole or shawl in cold weather, turns into a handy fabric for reverence when visiting a Gurudwara (sikh temple) or as a cover for the head in the presence of elders in the family or visitors. In passing it may be mentioned that this decorative fabric serves beyond its useful life as chunni by its aesthetic appeal as light colourful curtains in a house. Other similar uses can also be envisaged.
Finely hand woven dupattas – exceptional weaves
The appeal of handloom fabrics lies in the ethnic hand woven techniques employed to churn out fine, soft, transparent, airy, light and aesthestically appealing fabrics. The choice of vibrant colours, the use of organic dyes, the quality of weaving, the employment of limited resources; yet outcomes are a sensational mix with borders, designs, patterns, motifs, themes, hand painting and exquisite embroidery that even modern day methods fail to match. It is an amalgam or delightful blend of ethnic skill, care and devotion. The Dupatta, the scarf or the stole brought out as handloom fabrics woven with dedication and care are worthy additions.