Pochampalli: Pochampalli, located near the
capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, is probably one of the most
flourishing center of modern handloom industry and producing ikkat Sarees on a
large scale. The weavers in Pochampalli are basically Hindus of the Padmasali
or Devang communities who have been residents for long and have thus adopted
the local dialect and social norms. These weavers produce ikkat textiles with
geometrical designs, and have also recently started experimenting with
all-Indian styles. It is believed that ikkat technique was brought to
Pochampalli from Chirala, another town in Andhra Pradesh, a couple of
generations ago, perhaps as early as 1915 when the workshops in Chirala are
said to have been weaving ikkat Sarees, turbans etc. One of the reasons why
Pochampalli Sarees find a better market in India and abroad is, the weavers use
modern synthetic colors instead of the expensive vegetable dyes for dying,
thereby not only bringing down the cost of production, but also getting a
chance to be more creative by trying out complex designs.
Since the 1960's Pochampalli ikkat-weavers were
influenced by the paolu designs of Gujarat. The reasons for this influence
could be many. Migration of the weavers could be one of them. However, there
are some experts who feel that more than migration it could be influence of the
print media which could be one of the major reasons. "Weavers have probably
seen the Gujarati designs either in a magazine or might have actually seen one
of the patola fabrics. It is also possible that weavers came across the designs
at a handloom exhibition and copied the design, says some experts.
Gadwal Silk Cottom / Cotton:
Sarees from Gadwal have an elegance and grace
all its own. Available in cottons and silks, these Sarees can easily be adapted
to the modern lifestyle.
Venkatgiri Silk Cotton / Cotton:
Venkatgiri Sarees blend the simplicity of cotton with the
ornamental zari butas. Again, these Sarees are elegant with their unique charm.
This center is known for ornately designed silk
Sarees heavily decorated with gold zari borders. Located in the Anantapur
district of Andhra Pradesh, Dharmavaram Sarees are a must-have in the women's
wardrobes. During weddings and festive occasions, the vibrant Sarees in
contrasting colors add the much needed gaiety.
Bandar Petu Art Silk:
These Sarees have dobby borders.
Mutyampet Tie & Dye
Rajahmundry Tie & Dye
Tie & Dye silk, Ikat
Tie & Dye mercerized, Pochampally
Tie & Dye cotton, Pochampally
Gollabhama Border Sarees
Tie & Dye Kathan Silk
These are blended polycotton Sarees. The designs on its border
and pallav are made by Jacard (hence the name) machine which is primarily used
for printing fabric designs.
These Sarees are named after its border.
This Saree is named after its pallav which is adorned with hand-made butas.