He is Master Weaver of Patan Patola handloom. Various Presidents of India have awarded his family for their contributions in safeguarding India’s centuries-old tradition.

Indian Handloom Symbol of Our Rich Culture

Double Ikat* Patan Patola handloom glorifies the rich Indian heritage with unique gem-like qualities, beautiful colours, design and
durability. Patan, a historical city, situated in Gujarat, is home to world-renowned Patola weavers, like the Salvi family. My Startup TV
spoke to Savan Salvi, Master Weaver of Patan Patola, on National Handloom Day 2021.

Tell us about the history and origin of Patan Patola

The making of Patola Sarees from Patan is an age-old weaving technique of India. This weaving technique was found in Jhalana, which is a small village near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. This craft was invented when there were no machines for weaving.
Patola weaving migrated from Jhalana to Patan 900 years ago. Patan Patola weaving started under the rule of King Kumarapala of the Chaulukya (Solanki) Dynasty.

How is the weaving pattern of Patan Patola different from weaves of other handlooms?

Patola sarees from Patan are very different from other handloom sarees. The speciality about Patan Patola sarees is that the patterns used in these sarees are not printed. The strings used in this weaving technique are prepared with accurate calculations, first with the pattern using the tie-and-dye method and then weaving of the sarees occurs. The weaving process of Patan Patola Sarees is complex as compared to other sarees, which use block printing and other weaving patterns.

What is the speciality behind Patan Patola Art?

The speciality of Patan Patola sarees is that the design on the saree is weaved on both sides and not just one side. The weaving is so
precise that even a master weaver cannot distinguish between both sides. It can take six months to one year to make a Patan Patola Saree. The colours used in Patola sarees are vegetable colours. Patola Sarees can last up to 80 to 100 years, and even after that, the colour or design does not fade away.

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How did you become a master weaver? I inherited the art of Patan Patola weaving from my family. I completed my diploma in Civil Engineering but was keen on keeping this very rare art form alive for our next generations. To become a Master Wever, I was determined to dedicate my life to this art form. What kind of support is the Patan Patola Art getting from the State and Central Government for preserving this traditional art form? The State Government of Gujarat has established a Handloom and Handicraft department called Gurjari and Garavi, who come to us and place orders for Patola Sarees and sell them across India. We have also received four national awards and 2 Ship Guru Titles which also helps in the promotion of this art form. We receive a lot of support and cooperation from the State and Central Governments.