History Of Patola

Patola sarees. that rules the realm of Indian traditional handloom, are weaved by the Wankar (weaver) families. The Art or craftsmanship of Patola weaving is closely guarded family tradition by Wankars. Who are these Wankar? From where had they come? Regarding this it is believed that Rajmata Minaldevi, other of Raja Siddhraj Jaysingh. brought some silk saree weavers form south India and patronage them so that they can make beautiful silk sarees for her. Some elieve in folklore that in 10th century Maharaj Mulraj Solanki invited some silk saree weaver and asked them to stay here in Gujarat. Beside, there is a reference in history that Raja Kumarpal brought 700 weavers to Patan from south India, researchers gave affirmation to this as fact. These weaver families use to import silk from other countries. But as the time flew circumstances changed, with the end of monarchy. the appreciative people of this unique art of weaving depleted.

As result of this weavers started joining other occupation for earning their living. The art of weaving Patolas come to the edge of extinction. Many escaped and many settled in nearby area of Surandranagar- the Majestic land of Zalawad and continued to weave for earning their bread. And soon after that time phase there was again the Sunrise of Golden era of Patola sarees. Today Patola sarees are famous worldwide. Even His Excellency, the President of India. Shree Pranab Mukharjee has praised the historic art of Patola weaving. The best art piece of Patola was awarded by Presidential Award. Patola Also found place in
International museum for conservation and up-
gradation.