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Kapileshwar Mohonto

image Art Form:
Tribal Weave

image Home Address:
At - Mirgan Street, Po - Kotpad, Dist - Koraput

image Award: National Award - 2002-2003-2004

image Note:

Weaving using natural dyes is a speciality of the Kotpad village of Koraput district in Orissa. Mainly the 'Tanka' tribe is engaged in crafting the Korakut weaving. This weaving tradition started with a few tribal people who wove their own clothes.

There are two basic colours one a deep red or maroon derived from the bark of 'Aal' root. The other is a blackish brown colour derived from iron filings. The process of dyeing is elaborate using cow dung and castor oil, washing in a stream or river (flowing water) after beating, drying and boiling it. Yarn is usually dyed in the dry months. The dyed yarn is combined with off white cotton yarn or tussore silk to weave tribal or full length saris, materials, dupattas as well as stoles. Dyeing process is done by women while weaving is done by men.

The motifs and designs used in this weave have been passed down for generations and the products woven today have evolved from the sari to include more contemporary products.

Even though only two or three colours are combined to make the weaves, these products are immensely popular and much in demand today.