This year’s first post had to be from my last year’s short trip to Odisha. I was born and brought up in the big city of Bombay. Odisha is my native place and last year I happened to visit Odisha after 10 long years. As a kid, I have been there a couple of times and I was always amazed by the distinctive hand-woven textiles of Odisha.
With a majority of the population engaged in cottage industry, Odisha is a land where you can find the most amazing fabric. Places like Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj, Berhampur, and Nuapatna are famous for some amazing cotton and silk fabric.
Similarly, Sambalpur is famous for “ikat” work. I am a sucker for cotton and most of the handloom textiles of Odisha are woven in organic cotton and bright and strong colors are used. Considering the states rich coastline, the motifs will ideally include designs like fish, birds, seashells etc.
I can go on and on about the different textiles from my native, but I loved this ikat dupatta/stole I picked up from “Utkalika”, a famous retail outlet at the Bhuwaneshwar airport. The bright pink color and the contrast black is the perfect combination. I wore it over a very simple black kurta considering the print, color and motif are so vibrant.
For accessories, I paired this look with a silver nose pin that I bought from a local shop in Pune and earrings that I picked up from the Saturday night market in Anjuna, Goa.
Stole/Dupatta :- Utkalika, a store at Odisha airport.
Nose pin:- local store in Pune.
Earrings:- Saturday night market, Anjuna. Goa.
I couldn’t find Utkalika’s website or online presence but I found a similar design on amazon.com, not sure about the quality though.