The cultural and craft heritage of South India is a vast expanse of colours and intricacy. One of the most stunning examples of this legacy is the Gadwal Saree.
Gadwal sarees are traditionally hand woven silk and cotton sarees. As the name suggests, these are made in Gadwal in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This is done by the special Weft Technique known as Kudupam. The most attractive feature of these sarees is that while the main body of the saree is woven in cotton, it is further maneuvered into a pretty palla of silk. Another kind of variant to these sarees are the Sico Gadwal Sarees. These sarees are made by weaving cotton and silk threads together, (hence the combined name Sico). This makes the material light and easy to handle, and also a viable option when you're looking for something less expensive. And of course, we can be sure of the Gadwal Sarees never being compromised of their grandeur and beauty!
Characteristics Of Gadwal Sarees
Gadwal Sarees are magnificent sarees that are characterized by ornate Zari work on its borders and pallu. These are often decorated with paisley and geometric motifs, telling a story of their own. Gadwal Sarees are considered traditionally heavy sarees, and when going for one, you want to be sure to do justice to the entire look of the apparel.
Firstly, If you are looking for something with a more conventional look, try the Turquoise Cotton Saree by Pavecha’s at Limeroad. This is the typical simple Gadwal saree, marked by its solid colouring and thin borders. These sarees give a plain look and can be well dressed with some coloured stone jewellery.
Secondly, Limeroad offers a variety of sarees with heavier Zari work and bright colours. These are formal sarees that can add spark to any occasion. Heavy gold jewellery is the best adornment on these kinds of sarees, as they match well with the Zari work and give an air of extravagance.
Thirdly, is the half and half Gadwal Saree. These elegant sarees are woven into one solid colour around the body, and into another bright colour around the palla area. This gives a stark look to the saree and goes best with subtle jewellery.
The exotic weave of Gadwal has been commercialised over time, and where there was a speciality in limited simple colours, now we are made available with a wide variety of captivating colours and designs. The journey of Gadwal is not only one of India, but has also travelled across the globe, especially in the U.S.A. And why not? The shimmer of silk and glamour of Zari, highlighted on the lightness of cotton. What more could one ask for? These sarees are in fact so light, that they are known to be folded to the size of a matchbox without ruining the saree. Because all women out there will agree, we need our clothing as sturdy as ourselves!