The designing of a Sambalpuri textile is an important initial stage of its production. Certain motifs and patterns that have come down the ages—e.g., flowers, animals, birds, leaves, creepers, and symbols attached to our mythology like the kalasha (ritual vessel) or purna kumbha (brimming vessel, whose symbolism in the visual arts is discussed in Bäumer 1992:444–47)—form a significant part of this textile tradition. The art of using existing motifs and patterns to come up with a unique piece each time is very fascinating. Explore some of the patterns and motifs in the visual gallery below.
Bäumer, Bettina, ed. 1992. Kalatattvakosa: A Lexicon of Fundamental Concepts of the Indian Arts, vol. 2. New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.