Orissa is known for its artistic heritage of textiles. Bandha or Ikat in Orissa is the art of weaving stylish motifs of animals, birds, shells and other traditional designs by using sober and vibrant colors. These designs are, generally, woven in the fabrics of cotton and silk. Some of the textiles are also designed with a mix of Bandha and Bandhej (Tie and Dye) process. Along with this fine art form, Orissa is also known for its Bomkai thread work that features flamboyant borders and heavily embroidered drapes with touches of Ikat. The designs of Orissa’s handloom art are based on tradition and ancient times.
The textile industry in Orissa is the proof of artistic capabilities and superior craftsmanship. Generally, the weavers make patterns of wedding customs, temple rituals, geometrical figures and natural scenes on the borders of the sarees. They are, usually, woven with golden and silver thread that tends to create a shimmery effect and make the saree or dress material look gorgeous piece of art.