Spread over an attractive corner of the Deccan plateau, Pochampally is a well-known weaving centre in South India popular for its centuries old weave in ikat style of dyeing. An interesting collage of tradition, history, heritage and modernity, Pochampally is picture perfect surrounded by hills, tanks and ponds and lush green fields. Considered to be the silk city of Andra Pradesh, it consists of 10,000 weaver families spread over to hundred villages.
History of Pochampally Weave:
Pochampally is popularly known as Bhoodan Pochampally because Acharya Vinobha Bhave started the Bhoodan Movement (Land Donation) from this village. While cotton weaving dates back to this time, Pochampally silk sarees manufacturing began in 1970’s, when it was decided by some village headmen of Pochampally to weave silk along with cotton to make a better living. It is believed that the ikat technique was brought to Pochampally from Chirala, another town in Andhra Pradesh, a couple of generations ago, perhaps as early as 1915. Pochampally products are handcrafted to perfection by skilled artisans who are endowed with critical skills in intricate designs, having decades of experience behind them in their respective fields. In certain cases, these masterpieces can take up to one hundred and twenty days to take final shape, to the satisfaction of our craftsmen.
Production Process of Pochampally:
The Pochampally sarees Ikat style weaving involves an 18-step sequence of tying and dyeing sections of bundled yarn to a predetermined intricate colour pattern prior to weaving. The tied yarn is dipped in different coloured dyes to produce hued patterns and thereafter is woven into the fabric. The uniqueness in the Pochampally weave rely on the transfer of design onto the warp and weft first, which are then woven together to get the required design. As a result of all this, what comes out is truly a visual delight to look at.
The Pochampally facts
- Pochampally is the single largest Handloom Tie & Dye Cluster with about 2000 Pitlooms and around 5000 artisans most of them from the Padmasali Community.
- Pochampally Ikat is the first from the traditional craft sector awarded a Geographical Indication status under Indian GI Act, 1999.
- More than 50% of Pochampally population is directly or indirectly engaged in producing Pochampally Ikats.
- In Pochampally weaving, more the number of colors used, more would be the time and labor consumed and thus higher cost of production on handlooms.
- In Pochampally weave, one can comfortably change the design for every 50 mtr thus making it possible to get varieties of designs in short intervals.
- Owing to their vivid and geometric designs, Pochampally sarees never go out of fashion. In fact their beauty is reinterpreted time and again to make them more relevant for the modern women.
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