Patan, in Gujarat, is home to double ikat fabrics, also called Patola. Double ikat is a technique of resist dyeing which is practised in Patan, Gujarat. This technique involves interlacing the warp and weft with dyes to achieve the required designs.
Patola sarees are woven in silk and traditional intricate motifs designs like elephant, peacock, kalasha (pot), parrot, basket, jewellery pattern, foliage, creepers, abstract geometrical patterns etc. Now, with the experimentation in design, new designs in motifs are also practised along with the traditional motifs. A peculiar characteristic of patola is that the pattern or motifs designs on the saree is the same on both the sides making it wearable from the reverse side also.