For hundreds and thousands of years, India has developed its own identity when it comes to fashion and clothing. Women in India love to clad themselves in gorgeous sarees that not only helps them to enhance their personal beauty but also feel proud of the cultural heritage that they belong to. The various areas and regions of India have developed their own trends of creating stylish and beautiful sarees that carry the distinct imprint of their specific cultural trends and beliefs. Among the types of sarees that deserve special mention in this relation is the Bomkai saree from Odisha. The saree has been popularized by Kathak dancers in all parts of the world and bears true testament to the ideological beliefs and cultural concepts prevalent in Odisha.
Bomkai sarees, also referred locally as Sonepuri sarees, are woven on pit looms and renowned for being astonishingly beautiful fabrics that combine two very important elements well-liked in Orissa textile industry. Bomkai sarees are made by using a method of adding a further weft on the pit loom. Beautiful Bomkai sarees are made by interweaving Ikat and embroidery into each other. The sarees have borders that are often done in contrasting colors. The pallus also stand out because of their intricate threadwork. Motifs that are used on the Bomkai sarees are mainly inspired from the nature as well as the rich traditions of tribal art found in Odisha. Such elements give these sarees a fascinating and unique look which makes them ideal for aristocracy. To offer ample choices for women with a love for these garments, Bomkai sarees are made in both silk and cotton fabrics.
Compared to some of the other types of sarees that originate in this part of India, the Bomkai comes with a number of unique designs and motifs that make them different from others. These designs and motifs aptly portray various mythological traditions and folklores of the past. These folklores form the base of Odishan culture, which makes Bomkai sarees some of the most endearing garments in the textile manufacturing industry of South India. The inspirations that make up Bomkai sarees are seeped deeply in nature that makes them so special and different from other sarees. The designs are composed with the help of concepts taken from nature and perfectly compiled together. Some of the common elements include the atasi flower, karela, macchi, the kanthi phul, koincha, rui macchi, mayur, padma and charai. Other than these motifs, another aspect of Bomkai sarees that stand out from others is the pallavs or borders. Many sarees have border motifs and designs that are heavily inspired by traditional tribal art. Some examples include, Kumbha, Mitkta Panjia, Floral and Rudraksha patterns.
Like the motifs themselves, the colors of the Bomkai sarees also play a very important role to add to the beauty of these garments. The colors of these sarees are mainly inspired by a contrasting effect. Quite often a shade of bright green is combined with yellow and the same is done with colors like black and orange. In some cases, the pallav is double shaded which creates a rich sheen of royal luster. The artisans also use lattice work add more beauty to the Bomkai sarees. Various geometric shapes and patterns can be found around the borders of Bomkai sarees which make them elegant and classy. Such rich artistic elements make Bomkai sarees some of the most popular garments that are produced in the state of Odisha. Over the years, many different types of Bomkai sarees have evolved which naturally offers more good options for the fashion conscious women of today. These include Sonepuri, Barpali, Pasapali and Bapta saris.