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Andhra Pradesh’s magnificent Uppada

Uppada Silk Sarees get their name from the small town of Uppada situated in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Made from the age-old Jamdani technique, Uppada Pattu sarees are renowned for their distinct designs. A lot of Zari work is also used in the creation of Uppada Saree’s designs.


Brief History of Uppada Sarees

The history of Jamdani weaving technique and Uppada is interlinked. After experiencing a decline in the 19th century, the Jamdani was witnessing its long-desired growth in the 20th century. Due to which the method was introduced in Uppada in 1988. This led to the birth of a completely new variety of silks with unique designs which eventually became popular in Andhra Pradesh.


Characteristics of an Uppada Saree

Designs: The word Jamdani is derived from the Persian words Jam (flower) and Dani (vase). Hence the Uppada Jamdani sarees usually contain flowery patterns like ‘butidar’, ‘tercha’ and ‘jhalar’ prints.


Weaving:  The art of weaving Uppada silk and cotton sarees is practiced solely by hands. It takes two weavers working on a single loom, two months of strenuous work to create an Uppada masterpiece.


Variety: There are a number of weave patterns, styles, textures, and fabric available in Uppada Sarees. The style of wearing the attire and the style of weaving is specific to the region.


Why Uppada is a must?

  • Due to its lightweight and soft texture, it is a great choice for women who look for comfort.
  • An Uppada Jamdani saree is created in 10-60 days when two weavers weave constantly for 10 hours daily.
  • These sarees are created with terrific precision. A single alteration can ruin the whole design.
  • The traditional Uppada sarees are a popular festive choice.