Sambalpuri saris reflect an original style of craft known as Baandha. Traditionally, craftsmen created Baandhas with images of flora or fauna or with geometrical patterns. Newer designs depicting portrait, land scape and flower pods are seen in recent creations by current generation Baandha weavers. Created using a tie & dye technique, the yarns of sambalpuri sarees are tied according to the desired patterns to prevent absorption of dyes, and then dyed. The unique feature of this form of designing is that the designs are reflected almost identically on both side of the saree.This versatile technique enables a craftsman to weave colourful designs, patterns and images into a saree capable of inspiring a thought or conveying a message.
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