Know the famous women & their love for Odisha handloom!

Bhubaneswar: Odisha handloom sarees have found takers all over the world. In a recent tweet, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen proclaimed her love for Bomkai sarees and posted pictures of herself draped in some elegant numbers.

Odisha Sun Times has compiled a list of famous women from different walks of life spotted in ethnic handloom sarees from the land of Lord Jagannath.

Vidya Balan

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A name in Bollywood that proudly flaunts her curves along with the saree she dons every time she makes a public appearance.

Kirron Kher

An ardent fan of Sambalpuri sarees, she is of the opinion that nothing spells heritage and tradition more than a handloom saree.

Usha Albuquerque

Former newscaster and celebrated career counsellor Usha Albuquerque spells elegance in this off-white Sambalpuri saree.

Tisca Chopra

Draped in an elegant purple-green Sambalpuri patta saree from the ‘Aastha’ collection designed by Swikruti PradhanBollywood actress Tisca Chopra walked the ramp at a fashion show in Odisha capital a few months ago.

Indira Gandhi

Erstwhile Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was a brand ambassador of sorts for Sambalpuri sarees. She made them popular in India and abroad and often wore them on her tours to Odisha and even to the USA.

Sonia Gandhi

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Taking a leaf out of her mother-in-law’s book, this political leader draped herself with elegance and has been photographed in Sambalpuri print sarees and dress materials on numerous occasions with Sambalpuri Ikat being her absolute favorite.

Priyanka Gandhi

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Seems like love for Odisha handloom runs in the family. Priyanka Vadra is known to have a classy wardrobe of simple, yet elegant sarees and adorn Odisha handloom such as Sachipar Sambalpuri saree.

Pratibha Devisingh Patil

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Former President of India Pratibha Patil exuded poise, grace and grandiose in this Sambalpuri silk saree.

The Odisha government is also leaving no stone unturned in promoting the textiles of the state: From making the flag bearers at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships wear them to deciding on introduction of school uniforms in Sambalpuri handlooms and Sambalpuri dress code for convocation at NIT, Rourkela.

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