Thursday, November 5, 2020

Gadwal Sari

Gadwal Sari 
Nurtured in a small town called Gadwal in Andhra Pradesh, Gadwal sarees are known for its beautiful mix of fabric and designs. The entire sari is made of cotton while its borders are designed in silk. Attributing its designs to the temples and their architecture, one can see beautiful and exotic shapes adorning the borders and body of the sari. This sari, in particular, is the reason for a tremendous growth in textile industries in Andhra Pradesh. Silk or Cotton, or a hybrid of the two defines the Gadwal sarees the best. Beautifully woven and designed saris are now manufactured to increase the production and to widen its popularity on a worldwide scale.

Origin & History

The Gadwal sarees were hand woven varieties of sari, which were the main source of livelihood for the weavers of Andhra Pradesh. Gadwal sarees were a big hit, right from the beginning. Hence, some weavers from Gadwal were sent to Benaras by the king to learn the art of weaving this particular style. The outcome was hand woven variety of Gadwal saris that became immensely popular. In the 1930s, the commercialization of Gadwal saris wherein the spinning looms and other small manual machines came into existence to help the weavers. Much later, textiles and handlooms took over the entire commercialization of Gadwal sari.

Attire & Style

Gadwal Saree is a mixture of cotton and silk, where the entire drape is completely cotton-weaved and while, the borders are of silk. The whole match up is done in such a way that one can wear these saris for any occasion. The styles in which the Gadwal saris are woven are interlocked weft borders wherein the designs are made available in contrasting colors. One can get the Gadwal sari in small, medium and large borders. The golden zari work along the lengths of the borders gives it an exquisite touch. With the growing requirement of Gadwal sarees, the weaving advanced to the looms or textiles and, the designs were all modernized.

Wearing Gadwal Saree

One can wear it to a simple party and even a grand wedding. The zari work in silver and golden along with the bright hues in which these saris are available give it a rich and elegant look, something that is not always apparent in a simple cotton sari. Cotton is a material that suits any occasion or environment. With cotton as the base, Gadwal sarees are suitable for both warm and cold climates. With the rich and exquisite look, the sari is good for any kind of occasion.The gold or silver zari border allows one to choose either golden or silver jewellery as accessories to match with. A light neckpiece, bangles, and tika will go perfect with this saree.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

These saris can be folded to the size of a match box.

The sico variety is more famous than the regular silk variety of Gadwal.

They are good gift options for people living in abroad. People buy in dozens whenever they have to make an abroad trip as they are light weight and easy to carry.

This saree forms one of the timeless collections of stylish designer sarees in south India.

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