05 June, 2019

Uppada silk saree

Uppada Jamdani Sari is a silk sari style woven in Uppada of East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It was registered as one of the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh by Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Uppada Jamdani saris are known for their lightweight.
Uppada Jamdani saree weaving takes nearly 10 – 60 days time for which at least 2-3 weavers has to spend 10 hours of their day. Weavers use pure lace (silver zari often dipped in melted gold) and also finest silk of Bengaluru area. The weaving of saree involves, laying out its design, interweaving silk threads, looming, etc. There are around 3000 looms producing Jamdani sarees in and around Uppada and kothapalli area.

The sari

Around forty per cent of the local weavers are women. To make a sari, it takes a week to a fortnight which consists of a cotton body with silk pallu and all completely handwoven. The weavers design in such a way that it can be folded and fits in a matchbox. Different designs include geometric, flowers, leaves, etc. The speciality of Jamdani saree is that it gets the design on both the sides and is much less weight than that of Kanchi and Dharmavaram brands.

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