Travel is a great teacher, and wherever you go it becomes a part of you somehow. Wandering like a lonesome cloud in a land faraway where you are not accustomed to anything or anyone, elates your senses and widens your horizons.
When I first started traveling a few years back, one of the first cities I visited was Bhubaneswar. What grabbed my immediate attention was the beautiful tribal arts adorning the city walls. I had never thought simple geometric patterns could look so stunning.
A local had stopped by to explain that the art is called Saora. This ethnographic art was nurtured by the Saora tribes from Southern Odisha. These paintings are an art that is often ceremonious in nature and since they are basically the expressions of an agricultural community, there is a huge emphasis on nature. You will find them often depicting dances of spring, cattle bouncing happily out to grass, budding trees, meeting of lovers, their poise and abandon. Initially they were drawn just during a harvesting season or a wedding in the family, later they became an inextricable part of their day-to-day lives. This art is a fascinating painting style that uses simple geometric patterns like squares, circles and triangles in its pursuit to express the theme. Tradition has it, that the Saora tribe drew these ritualistic pictographs on the inner walls of their mud dwellings called ‘Ittlans’.
While I haven’t been to Odisha for quite some time, somehow these paintings have remained with me, so when I saw this beautiful saree in Soul-India’s collection in couldn’t stop myself form hitting the ‘buy’ button immediately. It’s a gorgeous piece of silk, with saora paintings all over. The fabric is soft and utterly manageable and a perfect drape for office.
I generally don’t wear sarees at work, but I’m learning to walk that path, one saree at a time 🙂