07 January, 2018

Dongria saree

Gracefully detailed with a rich woven design on the pallu and temple motifs on the pallu, handloom Dongria saree spells feminine grace and ethnic flair. Dongria, a relatively unknown tribe in Orissa are known for their rustic yet geometric embroidery. This has inspired the skilled weavers of the eastern belt to create design interpretations of this on a variety of loom-created articles.

      Dongrias are a fearless tribe of Odisha. They are one with Nature. No wonder their sarees speak the language of beauty, sincerity and boldness. The Dongria weave is elegance personified.
        Sure, you have everything you want. But it will definitely be worth your while to help the underprivileged community of Dongria from the parched areas of Odisha.
          They are handwoven and the very bright embroidery work in their pallus actually portray the rural landscape in its place of origin in the Nyamgiri hills.

          Recently the Dongria Kondha tribe have won a heroic legal battle against a mining giant who tried to capture their hills.
          This beautiful weave inspired from the tribal woven shawl made by dongria kondha/ tribe group from Odisha. Each geometrical design woven has a close intimacy to nature of these tribal group lives close to nature & love to keep it safe.Khondh is a tribal weave from Odisha, woven on shawls. Dongria Kondhs inhabit the Niyamgiri Hills of Rayagada district and Kalahandi district in Orissa. The patterns are geometric, taken from the shapes of the hills around them. Three shades of yarn are typically used. They are green, yellow and red. Each colour carries some implications manifested with socio-cultural values. Green colour symbolizes hills and mountains, green crop fields, trees, plant species, etc., it is also the reflection of germination of seeds, its growth and spread of branches, prosperity and development of the community. Yellow colour stands for peace, smile, togetherness, health and happiness, family, lineage, village, Mutha (an administrative cum territorial boundary) and community as a whole. It is also regarded as a sign of auspiciousness. The red colour is the symbol of blood, energy, power, revenge, aggression, tit for tat, etc. It also signifies appeasing of deities, gods, goddesses, spirits and ancestors by offering a blood sacrifice of buffaloes, pigs, goats, fowls and pigeons etc. Dongria sarees are inspired by the tribal weaves and likely woven in other areas including Karnataka. Let me spill the bean, there is nothing called “Dongria Saree by the Dongria tribes”. They do not weave sarees under normal circumstances, they weave shawls, coarse, beautiful, mostly in this colour palette.. Odisha weaving clusters are weaving the pattern on different bases, and the result is breathtaking. By all means, do buy those, but do not let fancy wordings fool you to believe that “someone got the last lot from a starving tribes' old hut”. Dongria sarees are not a dying weave, they are alive and kicking. Also, most of the “dying weave” stories are a ploy to charge a premium, visit the state government emporiums once a while. 
          They derive their name from dongar, meaning ‘hill’ and the name for themselves is Jharnia: protector of streams.Dongria is the fearless tribe of Odisha. Their geometric patterns weaves are complicated yet the most beautiful creations by hand. Its loom is a mathematical conundrum with so many colour threads being set up in precision. Big applause and gratitude for our weavers who are able to weave these beauties. 

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