Gadwal sarees are the famous sarees woven in a small town by the name of
Gadwal in Andhra Pradesh. The Gadwal sarees are made in a style influenced
by the Banarasi weaves. These sarees are known for their distinctive cotton
base with heavy silk border and pallu. The sari has a handwoven
authenticity, demonstrating a fine combination of ethnicity with modern
designs. Gadwal sarees with lavish design in pallu make them beautiful and
rich looking sarees befitting for any festive celebration.
Fabrics in Gadwal Saree
Gadwal saree is made in fine cotton. While
the base of the saree is cotton, there is a loosely attached silk border.
The borders and the pallu of the saree is made of tussar silk or mulberry
silk. This fabulous combination of silk and cotton has made the saree more
unique and attractive.
Colours available in Gadwal Sarees
Traditional colours for these
sarees are earth shades of browns, greys and off-whites. However, brighter
shades have been introduced for the North Indian buyers. Nowadays, you will
find Gadwal saris in an wide assortment of colors and shades in modern
trends and styles.
The Process of Making Gadwal Sarees
The most distinctive aspect of
the Gadwal saree (and the one most difficult to do) is where the silk pallu
is joined to the cotton body - this is called 'doing the kechchu' -
back-breaking work that involves long hours of work and is invariably done
Designs in Gadwal Sarees
The silk cotton mix look in the Gadwal
saree give the saree its unique charm and elegance. Copper or gold-dipped
zari is generally used in these sarees. The brocaded designs woven into the
Gadwal sareesss represent south Indian cultural patterns. The motifs of the
murrugan (peacock) and the rudraksh are popular. There can be mango design
buttis all over body enriched by a dark contrast colour pallu having
intricate geometric pattern zari design and rich zari work border too. The
lighter motifs are designed and woven on the cotton base and the more
colourful and distinct ones are intricately carved on the border. There can
also be self stripe design in body with zari buttis all over enriched by a
printed pattern work. Floral designer zari buttis and zigzag pattern zari
work all over body are also popular.
There are pure silk Gadwal sarees as well. These srees are not woven in a
combination of cotton and silk, rather the whole saree is made of pure silk.
But these Gadwal pure silk saris fail to capture the essential simplicity
and richness of a typical Gadwal saree made in cotton with silk borders.
The beautiful outlook of Gadwal sarees has led to the immense popularity of
the textile not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in other regions. These
sarees are greatly fascinated by the women of India and buyers from foreign
countries have also shown a tremendous fascination for Gadwal sarees.
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