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Textile traditions of AP on display at Handloom Expo in Vijayawada
Nov '11
A whole range of traditional handlooms like Dharmavaram, Mangalagiri, Kuppadam, Pochampalli, Uppada, Chirala, Gadwal and Guntur are being showcased at the National Handloom Expo being held in Vijayawada city of the south Indian State of Andhra Pradesh.

For those not aware about the State's rich textile heritage these are just names of places. However, those eager to learn about the art and the technique used by the weavers at these places for preparing one of the finest textiles, the Theme Pavilion at the expo is the best place.

In addition to live demonstration of the strenuous techniques of Uppada Jamadani weaving, Kalamkari block printing and Tie and dye Jamadani, the Vijayawada Weavers' Service Centre (WSC) is also showcasing various customary and experimental samples of dress materials, saris and bed spreads which have been tidily labelled so that one can read and educate himself.

The speciality of the saris put up on display by the WSC is that these were woven at the Centre by weavers from different places who combined different weaving techniques to produce these saris. For instance, one whole sari was woven using the technique used to weave Gadwal saris, while its border was woven by weavers of East Godavari with the use of Kuppadam technique.

It requires great effort in weaving a Gadwal sari as the weavers need to make three knots from different coloured yarns with the help of a weft for preparing the sari and borders thereon.

Both cotton and silk saris prepared with use of tie and dye technique and dyed with vegetable dyes were included in the saris designed in the WSC.

In addition, Gunturu Butta saris with Gadwal borders, Uppada saris that have same appearance on both the sides and Kalamkari bed spreads experimentally printed with stencils in place of the traditional carved wooden blocks are all on display at the pavilion to draw attention of the connoisseurs.

Moreover, samples of saris from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are also being showcased at the pavilion. Saris woven using genuine techniques used in Kumbakkonam and Kanchivaram of Tamilnadu, Orissa's Sambalpur and Karnataka's Mulkaimur can also be seen.

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