The Story We've Heard About Pochampally - Traditional Mili

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Story We've Heard About Pochampally


Traditional weaving, with its sheer variety and  regional uniqueness,  is an important facet of the great Indian culture that embodies the Idea of ‘unity in diversity’.  Interestingly, the great Indian weaving traditions originated and evolved in small towns and villages, not in big cities. One such centre is the small town of Pochampally and its surrounding villages in present day state of Telangana that produces the world famous Pochampally silk sarees.

The weaving tradition, which is now known as  Pochampally or Pochampally Ikkat,  started sometime in the 18th century in the then small village of Pochampally and gradually spread to the nearby villages. Initially, sarees were made only of silk. Now cotton is also used for weaving of sarees, dress materials etc.  The weaving technique of the saree is based primarily on  Ikkat style with unique way of imprinting motifs and designs into the fabric.

Pochampally silk saris are light-weight & comfortable. Hence it is a great fabric to be worn in summers.  It is also a  great pick for ceremonial occasions like a wedding or festival. Owing to its unique and elegant look, quality of fabric and convenience of use, the saree is very popular in India as well as among Indian diaspora abroad.

On the occasion of Maha Nabami (Durga Puja 2019), I decided to drape this saree. I generally do not prefer vibrant colour. So to keep this saree light, I took sleeveless blouse with black border. I also wore it in the night. When I booked this saree from Nibedan Boutiques, Kolkata (Phone No: 9830072420/ 8777060296), it was combined with blue and lemon yellow (as same as the image color). But I decided to buy the above shown combinations. Due to its vibrant color, I preferred low make ups. I am teamed up with gold jewellery and matching flower.

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