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The elephant is an auspicious and intrinsic part of Odiya culture. Every year, on the full-moon day in the month of Jyestha (typically falling in May or June), the deities of Jagannath Temple are adorned in Gajanana or Hathi Besha (elephant attire) after their ceremonial bath. Ancient texts narrate a fascinating story of how this tradition started. The saree also features other traditional motifs such as large flowers with multiple petals.
When you wear this classic black and red saree, you will celebrate Odiya’s centuries-old traditions and culture. Match it with a pair of exquisite jhumkas and get ready to watch heads turn.
Fabric: Handwoven 100% pure mulberry silk
Color and Design: Black base with red border; traditional Khandua whole-body work with assorted motifs
Blouse Piece: Does not include blouse piece
While every effort is made to present the sarees in their natural colours, subtle variations between images and actual colours may be the result of lighting conditions and digital photography, and the colour/screen settings of your digital devices.
Slight irregularities are inherent to the process of creating traditional handwoven fabric. Instead of taking away from the beauty of the saree, they enhance its uniqueness and charm. The irregularities attest to the fact that the saree is a genuine, handcrafted product.
Heritage and Origin
Khandua, also known as Ikat, is a traditional Odiya weave famous for its exquisite craftsmanship and depiction of Bandha art. The use of motifs depicting human and natural forms, flora and fauna, temple architecture and geometrical patterns enhances its appeal. Vivid elephant, flower and lion motifs are among the most traditional motifs in Khandua sarees. Award-winning weavers in Odisha have been reimagining weaving and dyeing techniques to keep this art form alive and, in the process, preserve India’s timeless culture.