Pochampally Ikkat Sarees

India’s Famous Pochampally Ikkat Sarees

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Pochampally

Pochampally Ikkat SareesPochampally is a cluster of around 80 small villages in Telangana, the newly formed 29th State of India (with Hyderabad as its historic permanent capital). It is dusty and has a typical rural atmosphere. The roads are empty in the villages with small houses on either side. At the outset, you will not find it different from any other village in South India. However when you step inside each house, you will find looms that create the most beautiful  Pochampally Ikkat sarees.

Pochampally Ikkat SareesPochampally is also popular as Bhoodan Pochampally. Bhoodhan means land gifting.  It was here that Acharya Vinobha Bhave started the Bhoodhan movement and persuaded the rural rich to gift small plots of land to the landless laborers to be used for agricultural purposes.

Pochampally Ikkat

The sarees woven in these villages are known as Pochampally Sarees (or Pochampally Ikkat). The sale of handloom fabrics and yarn contributes to the approximate business worth Rs 100 lakhs every year. Moreover, these villages are home to more than 10,000 weaver families. Their hard work pays off perfectly through the beautiful ethnic  Ikkat fabrics.

Specialty of Pochampally Ikkat Sarees

Pochampally Ikkat SareesFirstly, the weaver initiates the process by  bleaching the yarn & dyeing it  in the desired color (on the basis of pre-defined designs). This is similar to the resist dyeing method that you usually see in making of the popular bandhani and batik techniques. Once the yarn is ready for use, the weaver subsequently weaves it on the looms placed in the homes. They are hence handloom products.

Pochampally Ikkat Sarees

In addition, each house has a loom or two. One can easily step into any house to witness the entire process of weaving. The cooperatives, who undertake the marketing of these fabrics and sarees, are liable for supplying the designs to these weavers.

Pochampally & Patola

Pochampally Ikkat SareesMost noteworthy is the fact that the Indian states of Telengana, Odisha and Gujarat are the traditional centres for Ikkat fabrics and sarees.

Pochampally, Ikkat and Patola essentially refer to the same technique of weaving. In Gujarat, this kind of woven fabric is called Patola. For this, the artisans dye the yarn using the resist dyeing technique on the warp and weft threads. They actually apply the dye to the yarn and not the fabric. Finally, they carry out the process by weaving the warp and the weft threads in the loom.

Needless to say, the intricate and beautiful designs achieved from this weaving technique are exquisite. Consequently, the sarees and fabrics are unique and distinct.The fabric used is cotton or silk while the colors are derived from natural sources and their blends.

Pochampally Ikkat Sarees

The Pochampally Ikkat Sarees have  certainly a gorgeous design technique. Fabrics for salwar kameez  and blouses are available in both cotton and silk at wholesale rates in Pochampally. Ikkat sarees in silk with rich colours and contrasting borders are also available here. The silk sarees are in the Rs 6,000-10,000/piece price range.

One can also buy Telia Rumal pure silk Ikkat sarees,cotton sarees, and ready to stitch Salwar Kameez Sets. The Salwar Kameez Sets cost around Rs950/set. The dupattas are at Rs800/piece, silk sarees are at Rs12000/piece and the cotton sarees start at Rs2800/piece.

Your support to this beautiful craft will go a long way in supporting weavers during this critical time. We hope you can lend them a helping hand and be a richer with an exquisite Ikkat dress.

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