Uppada is a tiny fishing village close to Vishakpatnam in the east Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.
Uppada is famous for the silk sarees woven in the village. It is the special weaving technique that has made the Uppada saree a much sought after saree.
Uppada & Jamdani
The weaving technique in uppada saris is called Jamdani. The word Jamdani is of Persian origin: Jam meaning flower and Dani meaning a vase. Uppada / Jamdani patterns are mostly of geometric, plant and floral designs and are said to originate from Persian and Mughal designs .During the early 19th century weavers in the poor fishing village of Uppada In Andhra Pradesh were trained in Jamdani technique.
Jamdani is a weaving technique practised in West Bengal & Bangladesh. It is originally from Persia
Jamdani weaving takes about 1 to 2 months depending on the intricacy of the design. Silver sari dipped in molten gold is woven along with silk thread to create interesting patterns on the sarees. Light silk from Bangalore is used .There are thousands of looms for producing these sarees. Women form the main workforce.
Uppada sarees are lighter than the traditional Kanjivaram sarees.