Singer Sona Mohapatra showcased endangered Kotpad weave of Odisha in Amazon India Fashion week.
Mohapatra, who turned a showstopper for the label Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant, added drama with her powerful act on the second day of the Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring-Summer 2017.
Sona Mohapatra, who was seen sporting a bright orange layered pleated dress made of a fabric called Kotpad with natural dye, entered the stage dancing to the song ‘Tere ishq nachaya’ sung by her. She even sung a few lines of the song ‘Aaja ve’ live for the audience.
“At the showcase of the weave “Kotpad” with Gobardhan & Gema, the weavers of the Panika tribe of Koraput, Odisha on the Amazon Fashion Week ramp for studio Virtues. It takes close to a month to create a saree & nobody from the younger generation of this community wants to take up this painstaking, low paying art form, Was such a pleasure meeting these two dyer & weaver, listening to their stories & singing along with them. Hope it piques your interest in this unique all natural fabric that breathes & changes colour as it grows older,” Sona Mohapatra wrote on Facebook.
Kotpad Handloom is a vegetable Dyed Fabric woven by the tribal weavers of the ‘Mirgan’ Community of Kotpad village in Koraput district, Odisha. Cotton Sarees with solid border and Pata Anchal, Duppatta with typical Buties/Motives, Scolrfs on Cotton, Silk, Handloom Stoles and dress materials are all dyed with organic dyes. The natural dye is manufactured from the ‘Aul’ tree grown in this area.
Kotpad tussar silk saree with tribal art and Kotpad Handloom fabrics with natural color is its specialty. Kotpad handloom fabric is the first item from Odisha that received the Geographical Indication of India tag in the year 2005.
Talking about the collection, Mohapatra told reporters here: “I am proud to be here…It would be interesting to share with you also that the garment I am wearing took 16-20 days to dye. It’s an all natural dye. The more you wear these garments, the colour starts getting darker and deeper, which is such a rare thing.”
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