Kota Doria originated in Mysore, Karnataka and the weavers who practiced this craft were called ‘Masurias’. Between the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the weavers and their craft were brought to Kota, Rajasthan by Rao Kishore Singh, a very high ranking officer in the Mughal Army during the reign of Shah Jahan. Favored by the Royal households, the exquisite Kota Doria silk was integrated into traditional Rajasthani clothing.
Kota Doria is a light weight fabric made of small squares that are woven together (khat). These are hand woven on traditional looms even today, in Kaithoon near Kota in Rajasthan and in surrounding villages. Originally cotton, these sarees now have silk in the mix to give the fabric more strength. Recent trends and changes being made to the fabric, brought about brighter colors, embroideries, and all kinds of ornamentation.The characteristic checked weaving pattern often combined with intricate mirror work has become one of the most classic Rajasthani designs. A very ornate Kota Doria silk saree can take over a month to make and is a one of a kind masterpiece to be treasured for generations to come.