The name 'Ilkal' harks back to the very place where these sarees are woven - a town by the same name in Bagalkote District, Karnataka. Ilkal is said to be an ancient weaving center, where the occupation flourished since the 8th Century AD.
The heritage of this saree is such that borders were usually red or maroon - however, almost all colors are available now. The borders are adorned with traditional motifs including 'Gomi' (known popularly as Ilkal dadi), 'Paraspet' (divided into 'chikki paras' and 'dodd paras'), 'Gaadi', and 'Jari'. The iconic temple border design is usually visible on the pallu.