Berhampuri Silk Saree
Berhampuri Saree brings culture and heritage together in the yarn. Famously known Berhampuri Patta saree is a 200 year old knitting pattern introduced in the 14th century by Mohuri King. Hailing from the silk city of India, Berhampuri Silk Saree have won hearts and hold a GI tag. The distinctiveness of Berhampuri Pata Saree is unique due to its typical Odissi style of weaving and kumbha, particularly phoda, temple type of design. It's also known as Phoda Kumbha.
From the Antiquits
Berhampuri Saree has a 200-year-old knitting pattern. This ancient and gorgeous was introduced in the 14th century by the Mohuri King.The Mohuri kingdom lay between the Rushikulya and Bahuda rivers and the Gajapati King Purushottama Deva( the founder of the kingdom) used to rule Kalinga from 1466–97. Another Mohuri King Harihar Narayan Deb is believed to have convinced weavers from Rajahmundry in nearby Andhra Pradesh to migrate to his kingdom. And these weavers famously known as Debangas brought the Berhampuri saree. The king belongs to the silk city of Odisha , Berhumpur. This Berhampuri Silk Sarees have won hearts all around the world and today this odisha handloom holds a GI tag. The trade of this adorable handloom silk sarees has begun since then and was exported to South Asian countries. And the beauty of this saree makes the export continue even today.
The Exclusive Designs on the Fabric
The versatile designs, exquisite embroideries and eye-catching colors of Berhampuri Pata Saree makes everyone go amazed. One piece of this masterpiece takes 20 days of intricate and continuous work and 2 people are engaged per throw shuttle pit loom to weave the phoda kumbha on the borders. Berhampuri Sarees is known for its phoda kumbha motifs. Phoda kumbha is the temple spires which are weaved into the design on the sarees. It takes two weavers and another motif, badhi kumbha is created using Ikat which is basically zigzag lines.
Loved by Fans
Berhampuri Saree is loved widely and is a part of Odisha’s auspicious occasion. Either its a wedding ceremony or thread ceremony or any function, these Berhampuri Pata Saree comes first.
Odissi and Berhampuri Saree
These handloom sarees are also worn by Odishi Dancer and this fact brings more applause to the print. The flawless handloom of India comes with a set of clothes i.e. saree for the women, and matching joda for the men. For men the joda is to drape which is known for their typical Odissi weaving style. Men’s joda comes in two parts. One of it’s worn on the lower part and another piece is worn around the shoulder. And to note the longer part is draped around the lower part of the body and the other one is draped around the shoulder or draped from the waist to the shoulder. This drape is a typical Odissi draping style of Berhampuri Silk Saree.
These beautiful and auspicious Berhampuri handloom sarees are draped around Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra in the Jagannath temple of Puri.
Taking Care of the Berhampuri Saree
- Before washing your sarees with soap, keep them soaked in salt water for some time but not for a longer duration.
- Use good quality, mild detergents to hand wash your sarees. Do not use dyes, bleach, harsh stain removers on delicate fabrics.
- Avoid using a brush on Berhampuri handloom sarees as it can easily tear the fabric.
- Remember to wash these Berhampuri handlooms only in cold water. Also Never wash your expensive handloom sarees in a washing machine.
- Petrol , talcum powder can be used for stain removal. OR else dry cleaning would be the best option.
- Avoid direct sunlight when drying a saree as it might lead to fabric discoloration rather dry it in partial shade.
- Never wring the saree rather wrap the saree in clean, absorbent, light coloured towels and press it gently.
- Always try to dry your saree separately from other clothes.
- While pressing the Berhampuri silk saree do not spray water on it before ironing as it may leave permanent marks on the fabric.
- Keep neem leaves in between the saree folds to preserve them from pests.
- Also change the saree folds to avoid creases that can wear and tear the fabric.
- Store them and hang them in a metal hanger in a less humid place.