Saturday, November 7, 2020

Venkatagiri Sarees

Venkatagiri Sarees  

Venkatagiri Sarees are handwoven zari cotton sarees popular for their Jamdani style weaving pattern. Coming from the historic town of Venkatagiri in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Venkatagiri Sarees are one of the softest and most durable south sarees in India. They are usually of six yards and are suitable for all climates. The distinctive feature of a Venkatagiri saree is a big Jamdani motif of a peacock, parrot, swan, mango or leaf in the pallu. The fine weaving and unique zari designs of the sarees made them the preferred choice of royalty in Andhra Pradesh.

History & Origin

The Venkatagiri Sarees, known for their fine weaving, date back to early 1700 when these sarees were produced at an artisan cluster close to Nellore called Venkatagiri. The place was then known as ‘Kali Mili’ and its famous product was patronized by the Velugoti Dynasty of Nellore. The weavers back then used to weave these sarees only for the royal families. In return, they used to get paid such handsome amounts that it would last them a year or so till the next order was placed. 

Innovations

The Venkatagiri Sarees earlier used to be more popularly known as Venkatagiri Zari Cotton Handloom Sarees, as they would be woven using cotton threads. However, over time, silk threads made their way into these unique sarees. The Venkatagiri Silk Sarees not only found acceptance amongst the masses but also became quite popular.

Wearing Venkatgiri

You can wear a Venkatagiri Saree to any occasion at any time of the year as these sarees are extremely soft, light-weight, durable, and most importantly, consist of the most exclusive designs found in any kind of sarees across India. Extremely suitable for the summer, they, however, have an all-climate appeal.

Maintenance

The Venkatagiri Sarees are one of the most finely woven sarees in India which are very soft, smooth and light. So it is advisable to wash them gently with soft hands and not to use hard water while washing them. One can go for dry cleaning as well.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

Venkatagiri Sarees are one of the softest and most durable sarees made in India.

Known for their fine weaving, these sarees mostly use pit looms in their weaving i.e. the looms are fixed at the ground level and its pedals are placed in a pit.

The Venkatagiri Sarees dates back to early 1700 when they were being famously patronized by the Velugoti Dynasty of Nellore.

The uniqueness of these sarees is their exclusive designs which can be made for even a single person on order.

In ancient times, these sarees were used to be weaved only for the royal families on special demands.


 

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