Kota Doria Sarees For Women
It is one of the famous finely woven textiles from India popularly known as Kota Doria Sarees or Masuria Malmal. Today’s Mysore was earlier known as ‘Masuria’, the place where the weaving of this particular type of cloth originated. Between 17th and 18th centuries, the skilled weavers from Mysore were brought to Kota who later settled here and eventually grew in number. This is how Kota Doria got its name ‘Masuria Malmal’.
Kota Doria saree fabricates strong cotton or cotton-silk yarns to weave out this super transparent, light textured and weightless sari favourable for the summer season. The weaving patterns of yarns create a graph like the geometric pattern called ‘khats’- a square formed between the different thicknesses of fibers, crafting a chequered effect and giving it a unique gossamer finish.
The standard Kota doria yardage is woven first in white and later dyed in different colours, or some designs pre-dyed cotton and silk yarns are also used for weaving. Some of the Kota Dorias also have a narrow border edged with Zari known as Zari Kota Doria.
Present Day Scenario
Though the declining trend in manufacturing this fabric, there are close to 2500 families in various districts of Kota who are still practicing and keeping this skill alive.
The beautiful fabric of Kota Doria is made up of cotton and silk yarn in different combinations in warp and weft, which are woven in such a fashion that they produce square check patterns in the fabric. These checks are popularly known then and now as “KHAT” and these are made so skillfully that the fabric becomes transparent, which is a unique characteristic of this wonder hand-woven fabric.
The recognizing characteristic of Kota Doria is the square-check pattern, locally known as the ‘khat’ that is present in the base fabric besides any other type of value addition by weaving or any other process such as embroidery, printing, painting, dyeing etc.
The popular combinations in production are as follows:
(a) Cotton & Cotton
(b) Cotton & Silk
(c) Tussar Silk & Tussar Silk
The plain sarees have checks that are mainly made of a slightly rough cotton texture or just the plain gold threads. Block printing is one of the new techniques being used when it comes to adorning, which gives it a fresh feel look. Last but definitely not the least, is the pretty zari work which gives the saree a more graceful and stylish appearance.
It is not difficult to maintain this fabric since it is mostly made up of cotton. Normal hand wash would be fine. No high-quality maintenance like dry cleaning. Basic household iron can be used for clearing the creases.
You can wear Kota Doria sarees regularly to office as the cloth is smooth on your skin as it is made up of cotton or you can wear Zari Kota Doria on dressier occasions.
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