Patola

(Glossary Term)

(singular: patolu) luxurious silk trade cloths made mainly in Gujarat in India, using the double-ikat technique. Patola were originally made for the local Indian market, but became important export items to Indonesia, where they were prized as heirloom items. Printed cotton imitations of silk patola were also significant exports that are also found among Indonesian heirloom objects. The designs of patola were widely imitated and re-interpreted on Indonesian weavings.

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