Dark-Cheddar Handloom Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Temple Border and Fishes Woven on Pallu
The unmistakable aspect of Orissa's Bomkai sarees is the muhajorhi endpiece. Muhajorhi refers to the contrasting colours and the angular discontinueous supplementary wefts that characterise the pallu, resulting in folk motifs. The marigold-and-silver Bomkai number you see on this page has a minimalistic endpiece - bands of silver punctuated by black, with miniscule saltwater fishes forming a one-of-a-kind pattern. The black goes on along the entire edge of these nine yards, making for a narrow border that brings out the beauty of the rest of this saree.
This saree is the colour of dense marigold petals, which shimmers from the pure silk it is made from. It is a solid colour, but for the long, tapering templetop motifs of the border jutting into the field. From everyday Tamil sarees to the one-of-a-kind Paithani numbers, the templetop-bordered saree is a traditional motif that never goes out of fashion in India, which means you cannot go wrong with this purchase. Teamed with some statement hand-me-down jewellery, this saree would look as good at poojas and havans as it would on weddings and parties.
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