Gadwal sarees, characteristic of the marvellous textile-crafts of Andhra Pradesh
, demonstrate a fine blend of ethnicity and modern designing-concepts. The productionsite of Gadwal
sarees is Gadwal, a small town, situated a distance of 150 km, from Hyderabad
, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Gadwal Sarees were woven in the interlocked-weft technique known as Kupadam. Hence Gadwal`s local name is Kudapam saree.
The salient feature of Gadwal sarees is that its body constitutes of fine cotton, and the borders and the pallu (the tail-edge of the sari) made of pure silk.
The fabric of the silk
borders is composed of tussar silk
or mulberry silk. The cotton-body these days have resplendent shades, embellished often with silk checks. This fabulous mix of silk and cotton makes for the recent trend of sico sarees, 50% cotton and 50% silk. Gadwals woven from pure silk is there, but not as popular as the Sico. They are the sarees of expensive range.
The brocaded designs woven into the Gadwal sareesss represent south Indian cultural patterns. The motifs of the murrugan, i.e., peacock and the rudraksh rule as the favourite.
The silk used for the making of Gadwal sarees, is Bangalore, while the real Zari, gold
and silver thread which are interleaved into the base-material to give an ornate look, is brought from Surat.
The ravishing outlook of Gadwal sarees has attributed to the immense popularity of the textile in Andhra Pradesh
, not only, but in other regions, also. Thus people from all over India, and buyers, from foreign countries, harbour a tremendous fascination for Gadwal sarees.
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