Tale of kota doria: An evergreen handloom

Kota Dori is one of the finest fabrics in India which uses the open waves technique. Doria means 'thread' and Kota is a place in Rajasthan where it gained its popularity. Kota Doria suits have been popular among women, especially in hot weather. The fabric is hand woven and has a distinctive square check-out better. The finest cotton is used for making Kota Doria. Art is the main source of income for the craft man. Villages of Kaithoon Mangrol of Kota district Rajasthan are involved and survive on this exquisite handloom. Kota Dorias are popular in Indian traditional wear.

How did this art travel to Rajasthan?

Rajasthan and its area of a neighbouring state and known for the famous handloom industry. Kota Doria is one of them. It is surrounded by the mystery of how the technique and craft originated along with its name. Some believe in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Mughal reign an army officer Ram Rao Singh travelled the fabric from Mysore to Rajasthan. Because the weavers are from Mysore they are known as Masuria. The square-shaped design 'Khats' was developed in Kota so the name of this invention is 'Kota Masuria saree'.  

Other tales included that Masuria derived from a Sanskrit word that means mesh and that's how the pattern developed authentically in Kota without any foreign weaver. 

The weavers of Khaitoon, Mangrol, Bundi and Baran pursue this art.

TheBeauty of Kota Doria: Fabric, Colours and Motif

It is one of the distinguished handwoven fabrics that have a specially designed square chequered pattern known as 'Khat' is its characteristic feature. The fabric is super light and extremely bright. That will be a blessing in summer. It is very comfortable and requires less maintenance which makes it the love of every Indian household, even millennials. It is made with a combination of cotton and silk. It is soft and strong and provides firmness to the fabric. Silk adds transparency and an illustrious finish to the fabric. Due to the presence of the Chambal river the fabric is air moisture laden which makes it easy to weave.

The border of the Kota Doria saree is exquisite and provides a distinguished look. The Kota Doria uses floral patterns known as buties. The motifs usually used are keris, Phool Patti, Chokdi, Ginni, paan, shakarpara and geometrical patterns.

Because this fabric is suitable for summer and transparent, the light pastel shades are the main focus of weavers. They use dark colours for the motif. But with the changing time and demand, they are available in dark colour too.

Process to perfection

The process of making Kota Doria needed a precise hand. The wrapping, dyeing, sizing, winding and weaving are done by the Weavers for generations. After wrapping the yarn is still brittle they make it strong and smooth by sizing it with liquid of wheat flour, rice, wild onions and arrowroot. Later the yarn is wrapped around the beam of the loom. Most of the weavers skip bleaching. They dye fabric after weaving.

Riddhi Suit Set is embellished with Kota Doria work in dupatta that rejuvenates your traditional look  with its suit pant set.

Riddi Suit Set

Chandra Suit Set is adorned with beautiful Kota doria work in kurti and dupatta. It gives a fresh air to your femenine look.

Chandri Set

In today's era, silk and cotton sarees are part of occasions like weddings and festive wear. Baisa is motivated to preserve the handloom art and heritage for transferring the same essence to their customers. For buying an authentic and unique Kota Doria dresses contact us at https://baisacrafts.com/


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