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Block contributed by Priti Desai
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Sambhalpuri style embroidered sari from Orissa, India

Story of the quilt

I took the embroidered peacock saree to the temple today. There was a lady there from Orrisa and she confirmed for me that this saree is indeed an Orissa saree, from the western part of the state called Sambhalpur. That makes it a Sambhalpuri style/Orrisa saree.

Editor's Note: The links below give more information on saris, especially those of Orissa, India. These web sites vary widely in origin, but some useful information can be gleaned from them.

The Indian Sari - Fashioning the Female Form

The Indian Sari: Draping Bodies, Revealing Lives Exhibition

Orissa sarees

Salon du Tapis d'Orient
The Salon du Tapis d'Orient is a moderated discussion group in the manner of the 19th century salon devoted to oriental rugs and textiles and all aspects of their appreciation.

Indian Textiles

Orissa's Sambalpuri weavers: From boom to bust [article]

Sambalpuri Sari Set to be Patented: South Indian traders flourish on fake silks

The sari is in peril [article]

Odissi Dance from Orissa, India