Bomkai Silk Saree
The world famous Bomkai Saree has its roots tied up to the little village of Bomkai of Ganjam district of Odisha and is a world famous handloom. Bomkai also got another name Sonepuri from the town Sonepur from where it got its fame and name. Bomkai Sarees have been flourishing since 600B.C. holding supremacy and shimmers throughout. The glorious journey and the uniqueness of the handloom, the saree got its GI tag in the year 2009.
The Exclusivity of the Saree
Wrap and Weft of the Bomkai pata sarees are one of the most unique characteristics of the handloom. Odisha is very well known for the warp and weft of the handloom saree and Bomkai pata saree is one the fine examples of the same. This wrap and weft of Bomkai Sarees make the threads of the saree intricately weaved into one beautiful pattern. Bomkai pata sarees are woven with an extra weft technique on a pit loom. The bandha pattern of sambalpuri bomkai pata saree has got a craze worldwide. UNESCO recently listed Bandha tie-dye weaving of Odisha in the list of iconic textiles. Hence Bomkai saree comes in the list of the iconic sarees. These Samabalpuri Bomkai patta Sarees can come in very different fabrics. Bomkai Tussar silk, Bomkai Zari, Bomkai Cotton and Bomaki Zari are some of the Bomkai Pata sarees of different fabrics. Bomkai Silk Sarees and Bomkai Cotton sarees both have got the allure and exclusivity. The beauty of the Bomkai patta saree comes from the fly shuttle pit looms as well as frame looms. The shuttle techniques are of three types which are used to get a solid border effect. This wholes process is locally (Sonepur) called as “Muhojorha saree” . This extra warp design in the border and extra weft design in body and pallu are woven with the help of jala. These distinctive features of the sambalpuri bomkai Saree makes it one iconic handloom of Odisha.
The Beautiful Wave of Patterns
The beautiful patterns of Bomkai are always adored. The handlooms of Bomkai Silk Sarees are innovative for its Ikat and interwoven embroidery. Bringing the same old handloom in a very different and contemporary type of saree. The patterns of Bomkai silk sarees mostly of nature's inspiration and few are of the folklore of Odisha. The tradition and the culture very finely weaved on the fabric of Bomkai silk sarees.
The sarees are not just inspired from nature but also use nature’s product to paint the sarees. Bomkai Sarees are inspired from nature. Brown color, Red color , Yellow color, Black color and others are painted through various sources of nature. But with the variety of colors in sarees and synthetic colors being in trend, Sambalpuri Bomkai sarees are using synthetic colors. These colors give a vibrant tone to the handloom sarees. Indianvillez tries its best to utilize nature to color sambalpuri bomkai cotton sarees. Bomkai sarees have come a long way from the BCE to the 21st century. This seems like a very long and glorious journey for Bomkai sarees.
Bomkai from the History
Bomkai sarees are one of the oldest handlooms of Odisha which has always been treated as a very special concept. This has been a part of Odia culture since 600 B.C. This outcome of Ikat and embroidery interweaved into each other making a beautiful pattern. Bomkai Saree has seen the downs and has gone to the ups too. There has been innovation taking place in the contemporary world that has taken over the textile industry and the local artisan gives it a global push.
Initially Sambalpuri Bomkai cotton sarees were worn by the Brahmins of the South during auspicious rituals. As we grew as a very inclusive society, today sambalpuri bomkai cotton sarees are women by all class, caste, creed and race. The saree today holds the posh and is an illustrious one in other parts of the country.
Bright and bold has been one of prominent features of Sambalpuri bomkai silk sarees. Bomkai Cotton Sarees are bright in colors like red, black, blue ,dark green etc. Sambalpuri Bomkai silk saree and Bomkai cotton sarees have small dot designs or booby prints patterns which are rare to handlooms. Bomkai artisans have got a contrasting set of colors which compliment the body and pallu. The contrasting colors with the intricate thread creates such a beautiful pattern throughout.
The tribal hints on the sambalpuri bomkai patta saree also has a very beautiful sense to the saree. Looking at the sarees of Bomkai patta saree you will see the creativity and tales that the saree tells. Sambalpuri Bomkai Silk Sarees have a lot of varieties and the most popular ones include Sonepuri, Pasapali, Barpali, and Bapta sarees. All the available patterns throughout are also seen in Sambalpuri Bomkai Cotton Sarees. The mythological secrets are intricately weaved on the Bomkai patta sarees.
All of these varieties of Bomkai Silk sarees and Bomkai Cotton Sarees are often referred to as Sambalpuri Bomkai Saree as the works of Bomakai and Sambalpuri are slightly similar. Sambalpuri Bomkai Saree’s variety are fine examples of the fine color combination and intricate woven work. These works of border pattern contrasting to the body makes Sambalpuri Bomkai Saree posh, royal, glazzy and demanding. You can have a look at the varieties of Bomkai Sarees from IndianVillez website. You will surely end up buying and marking them as your favorite and latos might make them your wedding sarees or the one for your upcoming special occasion.
Taking Care of Bomkai Patta Saree
- Before washing your sambalpuri Bomkai Pata 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, or harsh stain removers on delicate Bomkai handlooms.
- Petrol, talcum powder can be used for stain removal or else dry cleaning would be the best option for handloom sarees like bomkai.
- Try to keep the handloom sarees away from direct sunlight when drying a saree as it might lead to fabric discoloration rather than dry it in partial shade.
- Do not wring the Bomkai Patta saree, rather wrap the saree in clean, absorbent, light coloured towels and press it gently.
- Change saree folds to avoid creases that can wear and tear the soft and beautiful Bomkai fabric.
- Store these Sambalpuri Bomkai patta sarees in a less humid place.