Kota Doria is also known as Kota Dori. This traditional handicraft is a unique blend of cotton & silk in a square pattern. These two materials used in this handicraft have its own significance. The silk provides the shine while the cotton provides strength to the fabric. The name of this art is taken from its place of origin i.e. Kota, Rajasthan.
History & Origin of Kota Doria:
Kota Doria was originated in Mysore, earlier this crafts was known as ‘Masurias’. Between 17th & 18th Century these weavers were brought to Kota by Rao Kishore Singh. He was general in the Mughal Army during Shahjahan’s reign. The collaboration between the two states brought about the invention of the ‘Kota-Masuria’ sarees, AKA Kota Doria.
The royals of Rajasthan favored Kota Doria because this fabric portrays grace and elegance. The base colors of these sarees are mostly Beige or White. But the recent innovations and changes being made to fabric, so endless amount colors can be seen on this fabric. Initially, the fabric was only made up of cotton but later silk was also weaved.
The face behind Kota Doria The ‘Ansari’ community of the Hadauti region is largely known for practicing this craft apart from several other villages in southern Rajasthan like Bundi and Baran districts. Earlier the fabric was weaved by hands but later after the machine periods, some of the handlooms use the machine to weave this fabric.
There are three verities of Kota Doria: basic, printed and zari. This is a versatile fabric so can be worn for either a casual or a dressy occasion. The plain sarees have checks that are mainly made of a slightly rough cotton texture. This style of fabric is famous all over the world and can be seen from casual wear to classy wears. Kota Doriya is a classy style fabric which is almost adored by women of every age group.