Known as the land of Hand woven fabrics, Andhra Pradesh is known to produce the maximum varieties of handloom weaves in the country. With most handloom clusters existing since the ancient times, the weavers of this state are prevalent since generations and are carrying out the legacy of weaving, gaining expertise in producing the most exclusive hand woven sarees ever.With most handloom sarees named after the place where these are made, each of these famous places have their own distinct style of weaving, distinct fabric and definite style of work on the fabric. Most of the sarees produced in this state are woven using pure silk and pure cotton fabric. In the recent past however, the weavers have expertized in producing fabrics that are a fine blend of pure silk and cotton and are known as silk cottons or more popularly as sico. From fine brocade zari work to enchanting tie and dye, the sheer variety of talent that the state hosts leaves you bewildered and baffled.
Sarees of the most exquisite and unique designs are found in Andhra Pradesh. The state that boasts of an age-old tradition of hand-woven fabrics has one of the most diverse varieties in handloom sarees. If Dharmavaram silk sarees have earned worldwide fame as celebrated wedding sarees, showcasing broad borders with solid colors and rich pallus with brocaded gold patterns, Gadwal sarees are coveted sarees found in all three varieties ie. Silk, cotton and silk cotton and are highly popular for their bright colors, their intricate zari work and their separately attached rich pallus and borders. Pochampally sarees bring in some freshness with their famous ikat tie and dye designs while Uppada soft silk sarees follow the mantra of blending comfort and style. Narayanpet sarees believe in repeating their success formula of plain with contrast patti border while Venkatgiri and Mangalgiri sarees believe in experimenting with colors, patterns and designs. In totality, the variety that Andhra Pradesh has to offer is unfathomable.
Varieties of weaves from Andhra Pradesh::
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Shatika: Unveil the Beauty of Indian Heritage through Indian Handloom Sarees
Since the dawn of civilization, handlooms have been associated with excellence in India’s artistry in textiles and fabrics, and sari which is considered to be the most ancient piece of clothing has been inspiring generations of artists and craftsmen to weave their dreams and visions into creating exquisite handloom sarees. However with passage of time, just like the clacking sounds of the looms, the dreams and visions of these weaves too are fading away.In an attempt to bring handloom sarees back in vogue, Shatika has begun a revolution; a six yard sari revolution is a humble attempt at bringing back the lost love for handloom sarees. Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of the age old craft, we travel to all colourful corners of the country visiting weavers,guiding them on the latest trends so they weave out the age old tradition with a modern touch and bring them online so you can savor the delights of hand picking them from the comfort of your homes.