KOTA DORIA – PURE PLAID SAREE (RAJASTAN, INDIA)
‘Doria’ is a Hindi word and it will become ‘cord’ when translated into English. Kota Doria sarees (one of the all the rage sarees) are created in the Kaithoon Municipality of Kota District (Rajasthan, India) and in Mohammadabad Gohna, Mau (Uttar Pradesh, India)
This brand was named as ‘Masuria’ in the beginning days, because the product was manufactured in the Mysore region (Southern India). It was Rao Kishore Singh, a chief in the Mughal army, who took the initiative to bring the expert weavers of this brand to Kaithoon, which is a small city in Kota (Rajasthan). This happened in the closing periods of the 17th century and in the beginning years of the 18th century. Slowly after this, the brand got a new name, ‘Kota-Masuria’.
‘Silk’, ‘cotton’, and ‘zari’ are made use of for manufacturing ‘Kota Doria’. A customary type of ‘pit loom’ that creates square checkered designs on the cloth is used for the process. These fine checkered designs are termed as ‘Khats’. Before the process of weaving, the threads are coated with rice glue and onion liquid to make them firm. Hence no extra finishing works will be essential! ‘Khats’ are weaved both in ‘cotton’ and ‘silk’ and they come in various gauge structures and width.
Recognizing Kota Doria:
The main identifying elements of ‘Kota Doria’ are the distinct checked surface and the transparent nature.
‘Kota Doria’ is delicate and transparent and is created using both silk and cotton; this is a perfect dress for hot/humid climatic conditions.
You must cautiously examine the weaving style and must look for the checkered pattern.
Visit Sanskriti website; you can very clearly see the checkered design and the close range images of ‘Kota Doria’.
Khats or checks in Kota Doria.