This extremely fine example of double Ikat is an heirloom piece of one of the two surviving Patola weaving families in Patan.
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.
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.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.