The temple town of Mangalgiri dates back to 500 years and is located between the twin cities of Vijaywada and Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Besides being popular as a pilgrimage destination, it is prominent for its beautiful Mangalgiri Sarees.
The production of these Sarees involves expansive steps. It begins with the procurement of the cotton yarn from the mills. The yarns are removed of impurities hence making the yarn suitable for dyeing. Post-dyeing, the yarn is sun-dried. The winding of the dried yarn is done into warp and weft as a pre-loom process, to turn the yarn into fabric. These are then fed to the looms for weaving.
Mangalgiri textile is one of its kind and the uniqueness is in its tight weaving and the Nizam border. The Sarees have a zari border and zari in its pallu but without any embellishment on its body. Woven only in pitloom with pure cotton yarns thus enabling tight weaving which attributes to the sheen in the material which is unique to Mangalagiri cotton fabrics. As mentioned earlier, the Nizam border is the hallmark of Mangalgiri fabric. This has tiny checks with dots in between. The zari is superimposed while weaving, therefore, giving a layered look of its borders.
- Purely made of cotton fabric.
- No buttis or any woven designs on the body.
- Zari is used only for the border.
- Zari is superimposed on the border unlike where zari itself is woven as border.
- Durability and Softness are the hallmarks of Mangalagiri sarees.
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