Patola: Cloth of the Kings

The history of Patan Patola

The story begins more than 900 years ago, with a king named Kumarpala. The king had a passion for Patola, one of the most luxurious textiles in the world. Woven so well that the front and back are indistinguishable from each other, and a colorful feast for the eyes, they were truly the cloth of kings, and the ultimate symbol of wealth.

The complexity and time-intensiveness is what makes Patola so valuable. A dizzyingly mathematical process, Patola saris are woven using dyed threads both vertically (warp) and horizontally (weft) to create the design. The strings are dyed according to a pattern, and the dye marks align when woven, forming the pattern on the cloth. If one mistake is made, the process must begin all over again. Such is the art of Patola, India’s most complex textile.

In all of Patan, only two families of the original 700 still make Patola: the Sonis and the Salvis. Our curated range of one of a kind Patola dupattas are specially created by the Salvi family.

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