A short trip to Bhubaneshwar. Wearing a Kanchi cotton with beautiful birds on its aanchal. These sarees are referred to as Siminoi inspired Kanchi because of the birds. Strangely these birds were never woven in Siminoi village. It was more of a marketing strategy by some sellers to make the Bomkai sound exotic by prefixing Siminoi to it. .
The birds were actually woven on Ganjam Bomkai which has now been revived in recent times by Kabiraj Nayak of Bomkai Village. The original Bomkai of Ganjam was woven for the Bomkai Thakurani ( the Goddess of Bomkai).
Coming back to Siminoi it is a village in the Dhenkanal district of Orissa & currently there isn’t a single weaver left in this village and there is no existing weaving cluster as all weavers have migrated. The original Siminoi weave had minimalist ikat work in the border and minimalist extra weft work in the aanchal. A very simple saree which is now revived by Nuapatna weavers.
The records maintained at the the weavers centre of Bhubaneshwar ratify this fact.
Swipe to see in the second picture how I paired the same saree with a green ikat last year in London, the third one is the bird on Ganjam Bomkai and the fourth one is the picture of original Siminoi design now woven by Nuapatna weavers. The fifth picture highlights the Ganjam Bomkai Bird.
@cooptexindia should also look into this fact as they too call this saree Simon inspired.
So it’s a beautiful Kanchi with beautiful birds having nothing to do with Siminoi but beautiful enough to steal any saree lover’s heart.
Matched it this time with an orange ikat blouse.