Friday, November 6, 2020

Mangalgiri Sari

Mangalgiri Sari 

Mangalgiri sarees and suit materials are a popular handloom product from the state of Andhra Pradesh. The name Mangalgiri is derived from the place Mangalgiri located 12 kms away from Vijayawada. The town of Mangalgiri is not only famous for its beautiful sarees but is also popular for being a pilgrimage destination as well.

This special saree has intricate tribal designs that are woven in cotton along with zari or golden colored patterns that occur in small checks. The pallu (edge) of this saree is adorned with a striped design, which is a typical tribal embellishment that is made out of golden embroidery. The Mangalgiri sarees come in a host of bold colors that make it look very elegant and gorgeous.

Origin & History

During the Qutub Shahi Dynasty in 1593, the region had levied taxes on the handloom sarees. Due to this, most of the weavers fled from the town, which dealt a severe blow to the flourishing handloom industry of the town of Mangalgiri. This development enabled the rulers to adopt a more favourable attitude with the weavers and reduce the taxes. In short, the pillar is proof enough that the Mangalgiri handloom tradition has been a part of the town for more than five centuries.

The Making

Since these sarees only have a zari border and zari on the pallu without any woven designs on the main body of the saree, therefore the fabric is woven only on pit looms, which enables the weaver to exert much more force during the weaving process without any gaps. This is what distinguishes the Mangalgiri textiles from other weaves.


There are a lot of attempts being made at giving a modern twist to the Mangalgiri textiles. Apart from the exquisite and bright saree creations, the Mangalgiri dress materials have a global demand too. A lot of the new generation enjoy wearing the cool cotton kurtas, dupattas, nd stoles with the Mangalgiri weave which can be teamed up with western wear for a funky Indowestern look. Apart from that, jhola bags made with Mangalgiri fabric are also quite popular.


The golden thread or zari work demands that the sarees be dry cleaned. However, they can also be hand washed the second time onwards in cold water.

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