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patola

type of silk sari (characteristic garment worn by Indian women) of Gujarati origin, the warp and weft being tie-dyed (see bandhani work) before weaving according to a predetermined pattern. It formed part of the trousseau presented by the bride's maternal uncle. Although extant patolas of Gujarat do not predate the late 18th century, their history certainly goes back to the 12th century, if not earlier.

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