Sonepuri Sari

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Sonepuri Saree or Bomkai saree

Sonepuri Sari or Bomkai Sari is produced by the “Bhulia” community of Subarnapur district of Odisha, India. In particular, the famous sari designs Bomkai are the traditional designs that was produced in the village named Bomkai of Ganjam district of Orissa. During the time of Ramai Dev the then ruler of Patna it was introduced in Sonepur.Sonepur handloom sarees, Sonepuri paatas and silk sarees are popular items displayed at various fashion shows.[1]

Invention of Bomkai Sari[edit]

Padmashri Kailash Chandra Meher, of Western Odisha was working as an Art Designer in Weaver Service Centre Bhubaneswar, under Development Commissioner Handloom, New Delhi, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India doing textile creative design for weavers and weaving organisation to weave the same. He had developed some old Bomkai designs, which has attracted the market and product being named as Bomkai Sari.[2]

Sonepuri Sari and Abhishek-Aishwarya wedding[edit]

The Sonepuri Sari called Radhakunja was a great attraction in the wedding of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai.[3] The PTI reported that three Sonepuri Sari were designed by master craftsman Chaturbhuja Meher at Sonepur and supplied to the Bachchans.[4]

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