Gadwal Saris

Published by Virtual India Index on October 6, 2008 – 7:30 amOne Comment

Blend of beauty and aestheticsm

The specialty of Gadwal saris is that it has interlocked and weft borders with contrasting colours. The origination of the brocading ability of the Gadwali weavers is originated from the land of Benaras. The designs are influenced with south-eastern structures. The local women use them for religious occasions and festivals due to its aesthetic value. It is mostly worn on the Puja ceremonies.

There are new designs included in the Gadwal Saris which are seriously interesting. The silk and cotton are obtained from Bangalore and the zari is availed form Surat city of Gujarat. The saris normally have a silk border and a cotton body which are often linked to saris of eastern Central Deccan region.

The interlock-weft technique is known as Kupadam, Kotakomma or Tippadamu in the Gadwal Region, so the saris are also termed as Kumbam or Kupadam Sari. The specialty of Gadwal sari is that the border is made of silk and normally in mulberry or tassar. Unbleached cotton is used in the body with checks of silk. Even it is available in pure silk which has canary yellow and lime green colours in it.

The Sico Saris are in great demand in recent times as it is of a recent origin. The Sico Saris contains a blend of 50% silk and 50% cotton. Gadwal is a very small town which is round about hundred and fifty kilometers from Hyderabad i.e. the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. It is Gadwal that makes the saris available for the markets of the main stream of South India.

The influence of Benarasi weaves is visible in the Gadwal Saris when it is made in cotton. The main body may be of cotton but the border attached to it loosely is of pure silk.

Usually it is seen that the zari of the sari is gold or copper dipped. We find the designs of peacock known as Murrugan and motifs of Rudraksh mostly on these saris as they are demanded more.

Earthen shades of grays, off whites and browns are traditionally used colours in Gadwal Saris. Due to inevitable demand of the North Indian Customers the bright shades have also been implemented.
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