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Khandua (Also Maniabandi or Kataki) is a traditional "bandha" or ikat sari produced from Orissa [1][2][3][4][5] worn by women during wedding [6][7] and a special type of which is worn by Jagannath. The clothes contain texts of Gita Govinda on them. [8] Kenduli Khandua, a special form of Khandua of 12 ft and 2 kani (each kani measures the length of a hand) is offered to Jagannath to wear as khandua with stanzas and illustration from Gita Govinda. [9][10]


The word Khandua in Oriya translates to the cloth worn in the lower half of the body. Traditionally Kentuli Khandua is offered to Jagannath as lower cloth. Due to the place of origin is Cuttak and Maniabandha, the other two names Kataki and Maniabandhi are originated.[10]


Weaver communities of Maniabandha and Nuapatana [10] [11] of Cuttack traditionally weave this kind of pata. During the rule of Gajapatis Sarees are made and transported to Jagannath Temple. Paramananda Patanaika, the king of Badakhemundi (Nilakantha Deva) was offered khandua sari made of one piece of khandua silk called caukandika.[12][13]

Color and Design

Khandua is traditionally red or orange in color. The red color is prepared naturally from the shorea robusta (sal tree). [7] The design motif has an auspicious elephant that represents Buddha surrounded by trailing vine with peacocks in it, a large many petaled flower, a unique Orissan animal called Nabagunjara, a deula kumbha. The elephant in Khandua ikat from Nuapatana usually varies from elephant motives in ikat from Sambalpuri sari as well as ikat from other parts of Orissa.[14] Khandua has plain borders in contrary to borders with motifs in case of the other ikat of Orissa. [15]


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  10. ^ a b c Journal of social sciences. Kamla-Raj Enterprises. January 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Arts of Asia. Arts of Asia Publications. July 1982. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
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External links

  • khandua mart
  • Sonepur Handloom Cluster
  • Handwoven Khandua Silk Sarees

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