Uppada Jamdani Sarees - An Art from Andhra
Uppada Jamdani Sarees are silk sarees that are woven in Uppada of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Although the jamdani style of weaving originated in Bangladesh, in the 18th Century it was brought south to Andhra Pradesh. This style of weaving is as old as 300 years.
The process of weaving takes nearly 10-60 days time for which 2-3 weavers spend approximately 10 hours every day. The weavers use pure lace (silver zari dipped in melted gold) and also the finest silk from Bengaluru area.The cotton body and silk pallu are completely handwoven. The amazing feature about this sari is that the weavers design it in such a way that it can be folded and fit inside a matchbox. Different designs include geometrics, flowers, leaves and much more. Jamdani saree gets designs on both sides and is much lighter than other traditional sarees of India.
Styles of Uppada Jamdani Saree
When it comes to style, jamdani sarees are two types; Butidar and Tercha. Butidar consisting of floral patterns throughout the body of the fabric while Tercha has the same floral patterns diagonally across the border of the fabric. This style in Uppada Jamdani Sarees may also be referred to as ‘Jhalar’.