Drawing inspiration from life:
The Tie and Dye of Sambalpuri
Following the lineage of the Mehers, the pioneers in Bandha weave, Prahlad Meher is a weaver in dharma and by karma. Coming from a community of renowned weavers, some of whom are receivers of the prestigious padmashree award, he himself has been honoured by the former president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam for his skills in weaving bandha sarees. Weaving to him is not merely a profession, it is his passion. His belief is that among the many treasures of India, the heritage derived through a Handloom is one of the most exquisite, a tradition that has been celebrated in the past by kings and commoners alike, in particular, the craftsmanship of the 'Bandhakala'.
‘Bandhakala’ or ‘Baandha’ is an original style of craft reflected on the Sambalpuri fabrics using the tie-dye technique. Tie –dye technique is a technique where the yarns are tied according to the desired patterns to prevent absorption of dyes, and then dyed. The unique feature of this form is that the designs are reflected almost identically on both sides of the fabric. This versatile technique enables a craftsman to weave colourful designs, patterns and images into a fabric capable of inspiring a thought or conveying a message.