The Padmashalis were producing huge quantities of cloth and controlled a leading cottage industry in India. The Padmashalis who settled in Uppada village in East Godavari district close to the port city of Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh have become the sole weaver community that specialises in uppada silk sarees. These weavers received a GI registration in 2009. Uppada soft silk sarees are woven using jamdani techniques but with uniquely local adaptation. Weaving uppada sarees is an intensely manual process where two weavers work together on one loom to create the delicate designs & fine fabric with zari and silk. Length & breadth count of threads is 100 in the weaving process of these silk sarees and it takes 2 months to make these sarees which have withstood the test of time .The finest silk saree from the deccan, Uppada soft silk sarees are a nice blend of tradition & modernity.
Present day Padmashalis:
Today, Padmashalis are spread in the Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and also in parts of Maharashtra, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The mother tongue of most members of the community is Telugu, even in areas where they have migrated generations ago practice the art of weaving. Some of them have even opted for alternate professions. Shatika is obliged to these Padmashalis to keep the handloom sector alive. As we celebrate our anniversary, we would like to salute them for their intensity and dedication to weaving.
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