Tribal Textiles of Orissa

Tribals weave the most beautiful scarves, saris, and other woven fabric and all this is done on a heavy cotton count. The three-shuttle interlock patterning releases excellent output of the weaver?s skill. The colouring used is extracted from the roots of madder tree. The powerful and vibrant deep maroon that is obtained is often darkened to brown with the adding up of sulphate of iron.

The motifs have an underlying symbolism and are largely encouraged by nature .The dyeing is limited to the summer months. The dyeing process is lengthy and monotonous. Saris are the most in demand as compared to the other items.