Kota Doriya Sarees
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Some information about Kota Doria sarees and their manufacturing. about the Kota Doria – Blog. Kota Doria (also spelled as Kota Dori) is a unique blend of cotton and silk in a square check pattern. The silk provides the shine while the cotton provides strength to the fabric. The name Kota Doria is taken from its place of origin, Kota in Rajasthan, India.
The checked pattern is termed as ‘khat’, and is one of the distinguishing features of the Kota Doria fabric. Kota Doria is a very fine weave and weighs very little. Sarees Salwar Kameez, Lehengas, and Home furnishings are some popular uses of the fabric. we are uploading videos of our products on youtube.
Kota Doria first originated in Mysore where the weavers who practiced this craft were known as ‘Masurias’. Subsequently, between the 17th and 18th centuries, the weavers were brought to Kota by Rao Kishore Singh who was a general in the Mughal Army during Shahjahan’s reign. The union between the two states brought about the invention of the ‘Kota-Masuria’ sarees, which were adorned for religious occasions since this type of material was considered auspicious. This type of saree became extremely popular and paved the way for the Kota Doria cloth, which went on to become one of the most fashionable fabrics in India.
Faces Behind the Fabric
The ‘Ansari’ community of the Hadauti region is largely known for practicing this craft apart from several other villages in southern Rajasthan like Bundi and Baran districts. The weavers are mostly of the Muslim community. With machine work taking over drastically, there has been a considerable downfall in the number of handlooms with which this fabric is woven. This has become the plight of many of these craftsmen who currently are struggling to make ends meet despite their mastery over this intricate and dexterous craft. Moreover, there is a lot of replication of the fabric being made which deludes the buyer into buying inauthentic material. However, the central government of Rajasthan has now come up with a system where a stamp would be printed on the authentic Kota Doria products which will be a clear mark of authenticity.
Kota Doria, with its distinctiveness in style, has grown to become one of the popular Indian fabrics. Even though globally Indian silks and fabrics like Khadi take a dominant position, Kota fabric is right next to them in line when it comes to its popularity in fashion.
Present Day Scenario
Despite 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. Even though some appreciate the value and hard work that goes into this type of weaving, there has not been a great demand for it either.
It is not difficult to maintain this fabric since it is mostly made up of cotton. Normal hand wash would be fine.