by Shatika, January 26, 2016

Rich cottons and a thriving  handloom industry is the mainstay of the state. We are indebted to the weavers of this belt for their relentless work in saree making. The state of Andhra Pradesh has  historically excelled at natural dye extraction, pearl harvesting and diamond mining. The ancient Golconda mine is, in fact, where the legendary Hope Diamond was mined. Until 1826, before the founding of Rhodesian diamond mines, Andhra Pradesh had a virtual monopoly in the global jewellery industry. Innovations in the textile and jewellery making industry enhanced the state’s repertoire of fashion and jewellery designs.


The state is home to the fashion and traditions of the finest cloth making and dyeing techniques. Today, skilled artisans in Venkatagiri, Pochampally and Gadwal (the latter two now in Telangana) continue to create fascinating traditional and contemporary pieces adorned with Kalamkari and ikat print, to name a couple. Kalamkari is a type of hand painted or block printed textile art that flourished vastly in Andhra Pradesh. It dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation and evolved during the Mughal Empire. Ikat is an age-old dyeing and weaving textile art of which there are many techniques  but we at Shatika, we have only one goal that is, to make your saree experience delightful.

gadwal silk saree in red color



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