Pochampally sarees are the famous sarees woven in Pochampally, a small town
in Andhra Pradesh. Pochampally saree is the one of the most well known
brands among South Indian Sarees because of its high quality fabric,
beautiful ikat designs and durability. These sarees are world famous because
of their unique design and colour combination.
Fabrics in Pocahmpalli Sareees
The saree is woven in hand woven cotton and silk fabric. Pochampally ikats
can be differentiated from their counterparts in Orissa (ikat saree) by
their feel. Pochampally cloth is smoother than the flannelly Orissa cloth
and not quite as heavy. They are woven in silk, cotton and silk-cotton
The Process of Making Pochampalli Sarees
There are about 5000
handloom weavers in Pochampally who create sarees in traditional ikat work.
This saree is known for its unique design. The ikat weaves involve the yarn
being dyed first, with each strand dyed on the basis of the final pattern
that has been decided. This means that everything has to be very precise and
requires the skills of true artists. This method is very similar to the
tie-and-dye method, the real difference being that here the yarn is dyed
before weaving a rather complex procedure.
Pochampalli Sari Designs and Colours
One of the reasons why
pochampally sarees have become very popular worldwide because the weavers
use modern synthetic colorful threads 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 1960s pochampally ikat-weavers were influenced by the patola
designs of Gujarat. Modern ikats of Andhra Pradesh, which are simple and use
at the most three colors and purely geometrical designs, are of good quality
and sell competitively.
The saree has Ikat bands in the endpiece. The patterns of these sarees have
undergone changes in recent times, with the characteristic features of big,
bold and bright patterning. The weavers are creating modern motifs, abstract
patterns, geometric shapes in these sarees with plenty of brilliant colours
to give a modern touch. The most modern Pochampalli Ikat designs are
vibrantly coloured. The modern designs in these sarees also follow the
traditional style of wide plain borders, and a field covered with
Pochampally Saree Popularity
The famous Pochampally ikat
tie-and-dye saree has won Intellectual Property Rights protection. It is the
first traditional Indian craft to receive this status of geographical
branding. The design won protection in the Geographical Indications
category. This will protect the pochampally handloom saree from unfair
competition and counterfeit. The Pochampally sarees have a good market in
India and abroad. The weavers are using modern synthetic colours and
creating attractive designs that are typical of the saree tradition.
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