Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Kota Doria Sarees

Kota Doria Sari 
 Kota Doria (also spelled as Kota Dori) is a unique blend of cotton and silk in a square check pattern. The silk provides the shine while the cotton provides strength to the fabric. The name Kota Doria is taken from it place of origin, Kota in Rajasthan, India.
The checked pattern is termed as ‘khat’, and is one of the distinguishing feature of the Kota Doria fabric. Kota Doria is a very fine weave and weigh very less. Sarees, Salwar Kameez, Lehengas and Home furnishings are some popular uses of the fabric.

Origin and History

Kota Doria first originated in Mysore where the weavers who practiced this craft were known as ‘Masurias’. Subsequently between 17th and 18th century, the weavers were brought to Kota by Rao Kishore Singh who was a general in the Mughal Army during Shahjahan’s reign. The union between the two states brought about the invention of the ‘Kota-Masuria’ sarees, which were adorned for religious occasions since this type of material was considered auspicious. This type of saree became extremely popular and paved the way for the Kota Doria cloth, which went on to become one of the most fashionable fabrics in India.

Varieties

Kota Doria sarees and suits are available in 3 different styles: basic, printed and zari. This makes it a versatile fabric since it can be worn for either a casual or a dressy occasion. The plain sarees have checks that are mainly made of a slightly rough cotton texture or just plain gold threads. Block printing is one of the new techniques being used when it comes to adorning Kota Doria sarees, which gives it a fresh feel look. And last but definitely not the least, is the zari work which gives the saree a more graceful and stylish appearance.

Maintenance

It is not difficult to maintain this fabric since it is mostly made up of cotton. Normal hand wash would be fine.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

Onion and water paste is used as one of the raw materials to strengthen the yarn of the fabric.

The word ‘Doria’ basically means thread.

Since the fabric is woven on authentic and traditional handlooms, one can notice the uneven edges at the ends of the fabric.

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