Patola Fabric

Patola is typically made of silk and is produced in Patan, Gujarat, India. The singular term is patolu, while the plural is patola. They are extremely costly and were once reserved for members of royal and aristocratic families. Those who can afford the exorbitant costs are drawn to these saris. In Surat, velvet patola fashions are also produced. A tightly guarded family custom is patola weaving. These incredibly sought-after twin ikat saris are woven by three generations in Patan. It is rumored that only the boys are taught this skill among the family members. Due to the extensive procedure of independently coloring each strand before weaving them together, making one sari can take anywhere between six months and a year. In Surat, Ahmedabad, and Patan, patola was weaved.

Although the patola fabric is said to have originated in Gujarat,

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