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Stories of Kodiyala

We bring to you a special collection of sarees woven in cotton and silk by weavers of Kodiyala, a well known cluster near Mysore in Karnataka. The sarees have been developed with intervetion by Shrenis Samudaya, a non-govt organisation based at Bangalore. 

Kodiyala is famed to be the home of the Padmashali weaving communities when over 160 weaving families are said to have migrated there from erstwhile Andhra Pradesh over three centuries ago on the invitation of the Wodeyar kings. Despite largely engaging with power loom, most weavers have the knowledge and skill set that is prerequisite for handloom weaving, and this collection is largely a revival of handloom skills that weavers used to practise weaving.

The sarees of this region have certain motifs and textile practices practised in the region, and across Karnataka. Motifs that have been used in these sarees are the Rudrakshi (beads), Navilu (peacock), Maavina kayi (mango) and others. The collection has been created keeping the summer in mind, with a primary ivory tone and other beautiful colours contrasting with jewelled tones. 

So go ahead and indulge yourself in the beauty of Kodiyala sarees that will take you back to the days of Tipu Sultan and the royal city of Mysore. 



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