10 April, 2019

Siddipet sarees

Siddipet is known for hand spun and hand woven gorgeous cotton sarees. Gollabama/Gollabhama. Siddipet, a district in the state of Telangana in Indian Continent is known for providing a type of cotton sarees. These sarees are special because of the amazing motifs and inlay figure work in them. This particular type of saree derives its name from the unique motifs that it carries. The figure work is inspired by the Gollabhama that mean the milkmaids in the folk language. Cattle’s rearing was a known profession and the community practicing it was called Golla. The sight of the women of this community carrying pots of milk on their heads, wearing bright skirts and veils has been captured in these sarees. That is how it gets its name “Gollabhama”. The sari received Intellectual Property Rights Protection or Geographical Indication (GI) status.

The weavers replicate these silhouettes to create alluring designs on their looms with cotton as well as silk yarns. The saree is often in a single colour dotted with small gollabhama butas throughout the fabric, while the larger intricate motifs are showcased on the border and/or pallu (end-piece). Typically, three motifs are used for saree designs viz. Gollabhama, Bathukamma and Kolatam, with Gollabhama being the most commonly used.

The intricate Gollabhamas of these sarees are neither embroidered nor printed but are meticulously woven into the border of the saree. The design is initially drawn on a graph, and translated to a pattern using a set of 80-100 threads. These threads define the specific position where the warp is raised and coloured threads are inserted. While creating these motifs, the weaver passes coloured threads (for each motif) through the warp to achieve the resulting design.

Mutyom Peta- Another Siddipet weave