The Bomkai, also known as Sonepuri from Orissa, is an exquisite confluence of Ikat and embroidery interwoven in patterns inspired from nature and tribal art. The contrast borders and thread work pallus make for a drape that’s luxurious and perfect for aristocracy.
The original and traditional weaving of this saree was made in low-count cotton yarn which is usually, coarse, heavy and dyed in intense colours like red, black and white. The most charming part is its thread work in the designs of the border and the pallu, featuring pestle (rukha), hour-glass shaped drum (dambaroo), small flowers (kanthiphoola), bitter gourd (karela), peacock (mayur/mayuri), fish and a few custom-made designs.
In modern days, the Bomkai saree is available in silk, cotton and silk cotton fabrics. The cotton sarees are elegant and crafted for habitual wear while the silk and silk cotton sarees are perfect for weddings and auspicious occasions.