If one could talk of a legend in weaves, Patola Silk would be the very epitome of it. While the fashion industry is quite well developed these days, the surprising thing is that it used to thrive even 900 to 1000 years back. Its Gujarati connection first appeared only after the 11th century. After the decline of the Solanki Empire, the Salvis found a rich trade in Gujarat. Patola saris quickly became a sign of social status among Gujarati women, especially as part of their wedding trousseau. It is believed that 700 silk weavers from the Salvi caste of Karnataka and Maharashtra moved to Gujarat in the 12th century to acquire the patronage of the Solanki Rajputs.
A famous Gujarati folk song based on Patola is, "Chelaji re, mare hatu Patan thi Patola mongha lavjo", meaning: Oh my dear, please bring the precious Patola from Patan for me! Such is the charm of far reached fabric of Patola. As part of this digital interaction, let us understand the centuries old tradition and heritage of Patola in deep.
This is an online-guided tour.