137 Antique Weaver's Heirloom Patan Patola Double Ikat Sari Fragment


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.

Fragile condition.

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.


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