This extremely fine example of double Ikat is an heirloom piece of one of the two surviving Patola weaving families in Patan.
It is an heirloom fragment piece - about quarter sari - that has been with them for over 10 generations. I was told at the time of acquisition that this sari is over 500 years old.
I am more conservative in my dating and estimate it to be around from the early 1800s.
The value of a Patan Patola is directly proportional to the diversity of motifs used in it as this increases the difficulty of creating the artwork.
This fragment has
- the paan bhaath or leaf motif
- the vaurani or bride motif
- the popat or parrot motifs,
- the phool or flower motif and
- the haathi or elephant motif
- several border motifs
Microscopic examination of the fibres [see photo] and the weave reveal a uniqueness not found in other more recent antique patolas.
Mounted on a raw silk backing for support.
Uncomparable ancestral heirloom piece. Rare.
LITERATURE REFERENCE: Examples of younger Patolas may be seen
1. On pages 14 & 27 in 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Bernard
2. Page 42-49, "Tradition and beyond, Handcrafted Indian Textiles" by Rta Kapur Chishti / Rahul Jain
Approx 130 cm height x 125 cm width on raw silk mounting.
Several spots of distress.
MY NOTES: Patolas are rare but to find one from the weaver's heirloom treasure chest is a matter of fortune! Such pieces will rarely ever come up for sale.