Mesmerising collection of sarees from Andhra

My friend wanted a Gadhwal saree and I ventured to get one for her.  Having quite forgotten the name I asked for an Andhra saree and was surprised at the mindboggling array that was displayed!! Venkatagiri, Mangalagiri, Gadhwal, Pochampalli, Narayanpet…..  Amazing!! I was quite at a loss to pick one form the exhaustive collection.
Let me recount the ranges that were displayed. The shopkeeper was only too willing to enlighten me about the sarees and their sources.

The state of Andhra Pradesh produces exquisite varieties of sarees from its many hamlets, making the state a flourishing center of handloom industry.  Each village specialises in its own special technique.  

Let’s begin with the ‘Pochampalli’. Pochampalli is a small but prominent village in Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, especially famous for its pure silk sarees. These sarees are unique in terms of its intricate designs and wonderful colour combinations.

Gadhwal sarees originating from the village of Gadhwal, are famed for its silken boders and contrasting pallus.
Venkatagiri sarees from the village of Venkatagiri blend the simplicity of cotton with the ornamental zari butas.  Again, these Sarees are elegant in their own special way.

Located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Dharmavaram produces silk sarees that are known for their ornate designs and elaborately decorated gold borders.

Uppada is a beach town located, in the East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.  Uppada sarees in cotton and silk are well known for their durability and softness.

Mangalgiri is situated in the outskirts ofVijayawada.  Woven with a lot of care and effort, Mangalagiri sarees are noted for its dense weaving technique and colours.

The town of Narayanpet specializes in sarees of superior silk and cotton with handcrafted designs.

I was totally floored by the display of the mesmerising collection!

What richness of texture and colours from the state of Andhra Pradesh!

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