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Andhra Pradesh is home in a variety of exotic handlooms and its Sharees are famous all over the globe. Each area has its exclusive style and weave. Venkatakari Dharmavaram Gadwal Pochampalli and Narayanpet are but a few places known for their master weaves silk and cotton. Other famous handloom-weaving centres are Chirala, Kothakota Thimmpadampalli and Uppada. Amoung the cotton sharees the Venkatagiri and Narayanpet are considerade the best. Vantakagiri sharees are famous for their fine cotton weaves with gold borders and golden ‘pallav’ Narayanpet cotton sharees are inexpensive and hardy, but the silk here have a distinct style believed to be influenced by neighboring Maharastra. Dharmavaram silks compare with the sharees of Kancheepuram and have broad border and extensive gold zari work. Gawdal sharees are a combination of cotton and silk.
Bedspreads and Floor Coverings:
Hand knotted pile Carpets:
Hand knotted pile Carpets of Eluru and Warangal organization from the Mogal period display a Persian influence. These carpets are inexpensive and range from a lower cottage with a rich lock, mostly in natural colors to acid-dyed colour with a cotton or jute base. The natural colors carpets have a great demand and are exported.
Cotton Dhurries locally known as ‘shatranjis’ rich in quality and design are produced on horizontal looms with heave cotton threads. Their skilful weaving with beautiful colour contrasts has created a sensation in the export market. Certain low cost dhurries are manufactured at Adoni in Kurnool district. They are also showcased during veriopus events at Shilparamam.
Wall Hangings, Hand – Printing & Kalamkari:
Wall Hangings in the Batik style are a feature of Siddipet in Medak district. Using a combination of comical colors and application of wax in the ‘resist’ or cold process, graphic designs, human figures and Hindu deities in folk style are printed. This style is also used on sarees, scarves & napkins, which are elegant.
Banjara Embroidery is a local tribal craft practiced by the Lambada tribe. As complete dress sets of womenfolk, these products express exuberance and are colourfully fabricated with artistic beads and mirror work.
This rare art of printing on fabrics is exclusive to only two areas in Andhra Pradesh the art has its home in Srikalahasti of Chittoor district bordering Tamilnadu but flourished in Machilipatnam, where it was influenced by Persian art. The outstanding feature of Kalamkari (art with a pen) is the expensive use of vegetable dyes. While the Kalamkari craftsmen used only a quill to draw designs and depict scenes from the epics, which are latter coloured with vegetable –extracted dyes, those in Machilipatnam of Krishna district have developed the art of creations through printing blocks. Kalamkari wall hangings, bed sheets and other paints become popular all over the world and many a masterpiece in Kalamkari has found its way into international museums.
Artistic Metal ware:
Bidriware is an art from that is influenced by the Persian and Arab culture and takes its name from Bidar on the Deccan Plateau, which was part of the erstwhile Hyderabad State. An alloy of Zinc and other non-ferrous metals. Which constitute the molten material, is poured into pre-designed moulds. Originally gray in colour these alloys take a jet-black hue with the application of silicon clay. Delicate, fine patterns of silver are then traced intricately in a fascinating manner. These art pieces take the from of utility ware like ashtrays, cigarette cases or cufflinks or simply gorgeous curious like goblets and Omar Khayyam jars.
Miniature Bronze Castings:
Craftsmen from Dornakambala and Perumallapalli in the Chittoor district create Moniature Bronze Castings and Dowleswaram in East Godavari district create miniature Bronze Castings. The artisans excel in the creation of exquisite icons of Hindu deities.
Silver Filigreeis a traditional craft done in Karimanagar involving delicate workmanship some of the beautiful items are paandaans, attardaans (Perfume containers), other small containers and spoons.
Sheet Metal work:
Sheet Metal work in brass and silver comes from Pembarti and Warangal. Depicting the Kakatiya culture of the 16th century, this work is known for its leaf and flower motifs. The artisans also excel in the temple designs of Ramappa, Lepakshi and the fort Gate of Orugallu (Now Warangal) the Kakitiya capital. The manufacture of artistic sheet metal item in traditional and innovative designs service as both utility and household decorative items.
Pembarti Metal ware:
The golden era of the Kakatiyas saw a spurt in various trades and crafts. As a lot of importance was attached to culture and tradition, workmanship in sheet metal was encouraged. Sheet metal was used in making statues, chariots and the like and used in making statues chariots and the like and used to adorn temples too. The art soon went on the wane with the end of the Kakatiya dynasty but got a shot in the arm during the rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad as craftsmen switched over to making household articles and decorative pieces with sheet metal.The traditional paan-chewing accessories are kept Pembari is just over 100km from Hyderabad and is accessible either by road or by rail between the State Capital and Warangal.