Explore the beauty of our Indian weaves, this New Year

Know more about various forms of weaving from Central India like Ikat, Patan Patola, Pichwai and Pochampally

A very Happy New Year and a warm welcome to all our readers to 2020 edition of Khinkhwab Diaries!!


As you all know, the art of weaving in India has its own journey and story. We the team of Khinkhwab, constantly continue to explore the finer details of the weaves in India and present to you the facts and flavors of every culture that came as well as belong to this land.


Today we bring to to you some of the finest weaves of Central India, which are very popular and in vogue and fashion like Ikat, Patan Patola , Pichwai, Pochampally etc.

Ikat Silk

One of the dynamic weaving style from the state of Orissa which is not only famous for the temple cities, culture and tradition, but also this stunning silk Ikat which is largely used in silk sarees and fabrics

Ikat has been one of the popular dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing to on the yarn prior to the the actual dyeing and weaving of the fabric. The term “Ikat” simply refers to tie and bind.

This technique has its origin from Indonesia and was introduced into European textile vocabulary back in the early 20th century, when Dutch scholars begin to study the rich textile traditions. It is most prevalent in Indonesia, India, Japan,South America, Central and North America, ikat is still common in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico.

Apart from Orissa, in India, Ikat is prevalent in the states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh.

Ikat from Orissa is known as Bandha and has been one of the ost practiced craft of this state.

In Andhra Pradesh,this weaving is characterised by the obscure process of oil treating the yarn. Weaving continues in this state in Pochampally, Choutuppal areas , where the skilled weaves continue to reside.


Read this article to know about the fashion and history of Ikat:



Types of Ikat

Ikat fabrics have always been popular for their distinct style and unparalleled beauty.

If you have ever used one, you will know how uniques they are.

There are three different Ikat weaving techniques. These are warp ikat, weft ikat and double ikat. Let's take a  look at what each of them are

❖   Warp Ikat

In this IKat technique, the weft yarns are all dyed using a solid color and only the warp yarns are ikat dyed.So here the patterns are clearly visible when the threads are wound around the loom.

❖   Weft Ikat

This technique is more difficult than the warp Ikat as the pattern will be formed only when the weaving progresses.That typically means the weaver has to constantly centre and readjust the yarns to ensure patterns are formed correctly.

❖   Double Ikat

This is the most complicated  technique out of the three types.This is where both the warp and weft threads are resist-dyed prior to weaving. This technique requires advances skills, takes times and hence most expensive.

★    Patan Patola

Patola is a double Ikat sari, usually made from silk made in Patan, Gujarat, India. The word patola is the plural form; the singular is patolu.They are very expensive, once worn only by those belonging to royal and aristocratic families. History says Silk weavers of the salvi caste from the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra chose Gujarat as the home for their renowned patola fabric.

★    Pochampally

Pochampally is another double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk made from Telangana,India. They have traditional geometric patterns in Ikat style of dyeing. The intricate geometric designs find their way into sarees and dress materials.

Today this Silk City, which is more of a cottage industry, is home to more than 10,000 weaving families in 100 villages. The fabric is marketed through the cooperative society, many other linked organizations, the master weavers and the business houses


Another form of weaving that evolved in the state of Rajasthan is Pichwai, which is made by the Rabari community of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This very colourful style is usually painted and traditionally used only for garments, but now it can be found on bags, accessories, home furnishings, etc. Mirrors of all shapes and sizes are incorporated in the weave, as a result of the belief that mirrors protect from evil spirits. Designs include not only flowers and fruit and animals such as parrots and elephants, but also temples, women carrying pots, etc.

Khinkhwab Products

Khinkhwab has been inspired by these wonderful weaving styles like Ikat Silk, Patan Patola.

Check out some of our latest fabulous collections


Blue Pure Silk Handloom Ikat Dupatta


Mehroon Pure Moonga Silk Ikat Print Saree


Pink Pure Silk Banarasi Handloom Ikat Dupatta

Interestingly Khinkhwab also has some interesting Ikat juttis which you can’t miss out


Handcrafted Punjabi Jutti with Banarasi Fabric

Handcrafted Green Punjabi Jutti with Velvet



Check out our product inspired by Patan Patola:

Green Pure Katan Silk Handwoven Patola Border Saree



Purple Pure Katan Silk Handloom Banarasi Patola Dupatta

Black Raw Silk by Linen Banarasi Handloom Patola Saree

Some more recommendations for Patan Patola products:

  1. https://khinkhwab.com//products/yellow-pure-katan-silk-handloom-patola-banarasi-saree
  2. https://khinkhwab.com//products/pink-green-pure-katan-silk-handloom-banarasi-patola-dupatta
  3. https://khinkhwab.com//products/yellow-red-pure-katan-silk-handloom-banarasi-patola-dupatta

Last but not the least, check out these products inspired by the beautiful weave Pichwai:-

Brown Pure Tussar Silk Pichwai Saree

Purple Pure Tussar Silk Pichwai Saree

If you are looking at supporting handmade and buy Handloom Banarasi silk attires online, you can find them all in this one-stop-shop  Khinkhwab - The Essence of Banaras

Like and follow us on Social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest