It takes about 3-4 days to make one saree with a team of 4 people working on different aspects of the weaving. What if something goes wrong while setting the design or weaving? They simply have to discard it because you cannot undo the flaw ! So, you can understand the precision and focus that is required to weave a saree. The weaver told us if there was a mistake, they would usually sell it at a loss.
The current generation of weavers are tech savvy and have websites through which they sell the sarees online to customers abroad, they tie up courier services for the deliveries. It was heartening to know that the advent of internet into small towns has opened wide avenues for this traditional industry and even more impressive was how the young people have adapted themselves to it.
We told them to keep going and to never give up this wonderful talent that they have acquired and we made a vow to ourselves that if we ever bought a traditional attire, it would only be handloom textiles. Coincidentally, exactly a month after our trip to Pochampally, the Textile Ministry started the #Iwearhandloom initiative. More power to our country's diverse handloom textiles !
At the start of the trip, we cribbed that a drive to Bhuvanagiri wouldn't qualify as a trip but it turned out to be a journey into history, sculpture and art - yet another day spent marvelling at this incredible country of ours !
Pochampally is about 45 kms from Hyderabad, hit Google Maps and you will do good. There are buses plying from Hyderabad to Pochampally.
Pochampally silk sarees range starts from Rs.5,000/-, we checked online, the same saree would cost almost twice the price, so always buy at the source !
If you are looking for Pochampally cotton textiles, you will find them at shops on the main market road of Pochampally. Weavers' houses specialise in the silk variety.
Shops usually close by 8 PM, so plan your visit accordingly.
Good idea to combine a trip to Pochampally with Bhuvanagiri and Kolanupaka.
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