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Home Eminent Columnists Sarvamangala

Sarvamangala

SarvamangalaKnowAP.com takes you through a magical journey across the weaving and craft centres of India. The writer of this column, Sarvamangala, has been associated with handlooms and handicrafts for 14 years. She has started and run, very successfully, a retail store in Secunderabad dealing with ethnic handlooms and ecofriendly craft/toys. She has her own outlet now....Anagha, in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad..

The business woman turned writer was earlier an airhostess with Indian Airlines. "I got into business and into handlooms by default", she says. I have an Air Force background and had no clue of how to run a business.But having got into it. she gave it her all.

She has travelled to the major weaving centres of Andhra Pradesh and other States of India and interacted with master weavers understanding the method of weaving from them and giving them colour and design inputs in return. Handlooms soon became a passion with her. "I realised the variety and scope of Indian handlooms after I got into it. The designs and combinations that can be made are endless and mind boggling...leaving one spellbound", she says. For instance, who could have thought that Kalamkari paintings could be appliqued on to sarees? or the traditional Lucknowi chikankari work done on Maheshwari sarees? or block prints on Kanjeevaram silks? or Jute infused into Tussar Silk sarees?

Read about all these and more in the forthcoming months in "Weaves and Crafts of India".

Weaves and Crafts of India: Part 1

Renowned for its handlooms, Andhra Pradesh is an ancient institution of hand-woven fabrics. It produces the most exclusive sarees and dress-material and dupattas having delicate and distinctive designs. Each saree boasts of an intricate 'pallu' and delicate border adorned with gold zari or thread work. The looms of Pochampalli, Uppada, Venkatagiri, Gadwal, Mangalagiri, Narayanpet and Dharmavaram are well-known for their silk and cotton sarees all over India. Usually, both the loom and the fabric are known by the name of the place or of the village. Each loom is recognized with its distinct weaving style and variety of fabric. In Andhra Pradesh and most other Southern states, cotton and silk are the two most preferred fabrics. Some of the famous handlooms of Andhra Pradesh are

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