Traditional Pochampally Ikat Sarees of South India


The production of Pochampally Ikat sarees started in 1970. During that many weavers opted for silk weaving along with cotton weaving to increase their source of earning. Pochampally handloom industry gained a lot of fame after that and made a mark in the society of with their elegant styles and attractive outfits. The collection of Pochampally Ikat sarees always attract wearers from their distinguish appeal and stunning patterns and designs.

Pochampally sarees have modern appearance without leaving the traditional roots. There are other sources as well that show that Ikat weaving initially started in late 19th century. That time only poor people 'from the society like women from fishermen’s family used to wear Pochampally sarees. However, the trend of wearing this type of sari became popular in the most parts of South India. These days, women of North India also prefer wearing Pochampally saris. In today’s time the weavers for these sarees are from Hindu communites like Devangs and Padmasalis.

Pochampalli is ideally located in Nalgonda district, well-known for the production of Ikat sarees. There are other areas as well along with Pochampalli where these sarees are created such as Hyderabad, Nalgonda, and some parts of Guntur district. Initial Pochampalli Ikat sarees had designs like Siddipet khans instead of Ikat rumals. A number of exclusive features of Pochampalli sarees make them highly looked after sarees in South India. As many as 5000 handloom weavers are involved in the production of Pochampally sarees. They follow the traditional practice for Ikat work.

Pochampally Ikat sarees have bright, bold and big size of patterning. The modern belief has intensified geometric and modest thinking with lots of vibrant colors. The modest designs of Pochampalli Ikat designs were originated in Rumal. Vibrant colors and vivid designs are some of the specialties of Pochampally sarees. Ikat sarees of Andhra Pradesh have historical links with Gujarat. Two people from Andhra Pradesh believed to be trained initially in Gujarat and then spread its production in the Southern India.