Traditionally Woven Handlooms From All Over India
Be it the Kashmir valley or the backwaters of Kerala, the arid deserts of Rajasthan and Kutch or the Seven sisters of the North east, the styles may be different, the outcomes varied, but there is nothing like a handloom saree when it comes to variety and look. A handloom saree is a finely woven fabric, where interplay of design and pattern, motif and border, embroidery and painting or other interchangeable permutations and combinations, makes each product unique, each item as distinctive as the next.
Rich in variety, with excellence in weaving, A.P. Handlooms have a niche presence in the handlooms sector. Uppada handloom cottons, with their Jamdani pattern, Uppada pure silks covered in zari finery, Gadwal sarees with rich borders, different pallu and gold or silver zari brocades, Mangalagiri handlooms in pure durable cotton yarns with nizam borders and rich zari work are fine examples.
The Venkatagiri weaves in cotton with Jamdani weave & pure silk brocade woven with gold or silver zari threads, the Narayanpet block printed cotton sarees known for their contrast borders, shimmering effect and pallu work, the Dharmavaram silk sarees famous for their inevitable presence in most south Indian marriages are distinct silk weaves of simple patterns in two colors, and are elegant for regular use. Pochampally handloom cluster is known for its unique ikkat tie & dye weaves.
Assam Sarees, in cotton and silk, light on the body, needing little to maintain, with beautiful patterns, elegant borders and multi-coloured hues, make them a feast for the eyes. The Assam Muga Silk variety with floral designs, zari borders and embroidered patches are a connoisseur’s delight.
The soft tussar silks of Bhagalpur with silk available from the forests of Jharkhand, Chattisgarh Sarees, famous for the special use of the painting techniques of block batik and dabu, where organic dyes are used with tribal painting artwork, also has Ari embroidery, jaali or net embroidery in geometric or floral designs as a prevalent feature.
You have the traditional Patan Patola and the simpler single ikat Patola weaves of Rajkot in sico and cotton with enchanting block prints and the exquisite kutch or kutchhi embroidery. There are also the Gharchola Panetar tie & dye sarees from within the state of Gujarat.
Karnataka provides the world class Mysore silks, the unique Bangalore silks, the Dharwad cottons and the exquisite kasuti embroidery. Jammu & Kashmir contributes the soft pashmina silk and cotton sarees with Kashida embroidery, Kerala its fine Kasavu cottons in dazzling white or cream with golden borders.
You have the silk and cotton sensations from Chanderi and Maheshwari in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra with its dazzling Paithanis, the exotic Warli Painted sarees and the colourful Ganga Jamuna sarees and Manipur with its colourful and designer handlooms.
Then you have Meghalaya with its finely woven designer sarees having captivating designs and motifs in silk and organza, the simple but tastefully woven elegant cottons of Nagaland with attractive patterns, the special Sambalpuri ikats, the shiny Bomkai silks, and the soft handlooms of Odisha. Punjab gives its quality cotton handlooms and the Phulkari weave, Rajasthan its Bagru and Dabu block prints, the soft and smooth Kota Dorias and the playful Bandhani patterns.
Tamil Nadu is a major hub of handlooms and where you find soft and smooth fine cottons of Coimbatore, Madurai, Chettinad, exceptionally fine silks of Kanchipuram, Arani, Samudrika, Rasipuram. Uttar Pradesh has the pure silks of Banaras, the designer supernets of Banaras, the handloom cottons of Banaras, and of course the exquisite embroidery of the Lucknowi sarees.