Dharmavaram is a famous silk hub in the district of Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh.Silk sarees weaved here are world famous and are even exported to various countries including France and Germany. In fact, it is one of the best places to shop for ethnic and stylish saris in the country. Dharmavaram Sarees are traditionally woven in the interlocked-weft technique. The design required on the saree is initially drawn on computer and then punched into a card. These cards are then loaded in Jacard in the loom. First the yarn is loaded as warp and then loaded into the loom. The weavers use both their hands and legs to weave the Saree. It requires approximately 4-8 days of continuous efforts of two persons for weaving a saree depending on the variety of the saree being weaved. Broad borders with solid colors and contrasting pallus woven with intricate golden zari brocade, Dharmavarma silk sarees are most attractive and desired wedding sarees. Every day wear sarees comprise of simpler patterns with the specialty of being woven in two colors that give an effect of muted double shades accentuated by the solid color border and pallu. Besides south-silk, one finds sarees in various other materials like cotton, tussar silk, cotton silk, etc. The variety of handlooms range from cushion covers to bed sheets and curtains to carpets but the primary focus is on handloom silk and cotton sarees.
Dharmavaram derives its name from 'Dharmamba', the mother of 'Sri Kriyasakthi Odeyar' who constructed the local Dharmavaram tank. The Popular Sri Lakshmi Chennakeshwara Temple situated here is renowned for its architectural brilliance and perennial waterspout and pillars that produce seven different musical notes when struck. The craft of weaving silk sarees in Dharmavaram is centuries old and the town boasts of over 1,500 silk houses and about 100,000 looms. The cost of these Dharmavaram silk sarees can range anywhere from Rs 2,000 to even upto Rs.100,000 depending on the intricacy of the design. Well-known for the fastness of the yarn colour, the perfect blend of colours is what makes the colours of these sarees durable and long lasting without fading away. Once the yarn is uniformly dyed then it is woven into thread after which the weaving process begins. Weaving through the ancient interlock-weft technique, weavers use both their hands and feet on the loom to weave one saree that takes about 4 to 8 days to complete. The complete manual process of making these handloom sarees make each of them unique and standout.
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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.