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Uppada Pattu Sarees – History
Uppada village is located 39 KMs from
Kakinada, it is a beach town which comes
under East Godavari district in the state of
Uppada Pattu Sarees are famous for its
beautifully designed cotton sarees. Uppada is
a village where modernization and upgrading
has not yet found its place. The people are
very poor and under educated here with an
approximate population of 25000 in the
village. Yet the people here enjoy there
Uppada Pattu Sarees / Uppada Silk Sarees
are very famous and well known for its
Padmasali community is the major caste here
engaged in the weaving of these sarees
which have artistic zari work in their beautiful
The age old Jamdani weaving method is used
to produce sarees. Only non-mechanical
techniques are used to produce these sarees
Jamdani is a hand loom woven fabric made of
cotton, which traditionally was referred to as
Find out how Uppada Pattu Sarees /
Uppada Silk Sarees are weaved, what is
the specialty and it’s price range…
This weaving tradition of Jamdani is of
Bengali origin. Uppada Pattu Saree / Uppada
Silk Sarees is defined by the length and
breadth count of the threads used.
The count which is used in weaving gives the
softness and hardness to the fabric. In hand
loom fabric count means the number of
threads woven length wise and breadth wise
this is also known as warp and wept
respectively in a square inch.
In Uppada the count which is used is 100
(length) – 120 (breadth) respectively. The
count makes the quality of the fabric. These
sarees typically have the finest form of pure
silk threads in warp and wept.
Jamdani made in Uppada has 2 weavers
working on just one single loom weaving very
delicate and exquisite designs on the fabric
themed with gold sliver Zari and dupion.
As these sarees are done solely by hands,
sometimes it may even take two meticulous
months to finish just one saree. With its
magnificent luminous look and light weight,
Uppada soft pattu sarees are one among the
most expensive varieties of Silk sarees in the
worldwide and are also regarded as one of
the foremost contributors in Indian textile.
In fact the Victoria and Albert Museum of
London has a fabulous collection of Jamdanis
including Uppada Pattu sarees / Uppada
How the Coloring is done
Firstly the yarn is washed and then it is
dipped in the desired color which is kept in a
boiler and a worker goes on turning this yarn
so that the color is mixed evenly and properly
in the yarn.
This is the most important aspect in the
process of mixing the colors and this gives a
unique and durable color to the fabric. And
after this it is again washed and dried.
Once washed and dried these yarns are then
starched. Starching will give the color in the
yarn a more permanent look and nature and
also gives the yarn a polished look.
This starched yarn is taken from the suppliers
by the main weavers and is given to weavers.
(Main/Master weavers are also weavers and
they have a group/team of weavers under
them). And then this yarn is turned in a
charka. This turning of yarn in the charka is
where the yarn actually becomes into thread,
which is used for wept.
The next process is the loading of the yarn.
Yarn is loaded into the looms.
The yarn’s length which is loaded as warp is
called as Pacham. Four sarees can be made
from one pacham. Generally it takes a week
to weave one Pacham i.e four sarees.
The cost of Uppada Pattu Saree / Uppada
Silk Saree ranges from 5,000 to 80,000 and
can go up to 3 Lakh in case of wedding
sarees which are ordered specially.
Weaving: – In Uppada the looms used are
mostly Frame looms.
Frame looms are the looms which are fixed in
a frame and the looms peddle will be at the
ground level and the weaver’s sit on a
stool/bench and with the help of hands and
legs weave the sarees.
None of these weavers are trained but they
have learnt this unique skill genetically,
traditionally from their ancestors.
These hand looms from Uppada are World
famous for their softness and durability.
Uppada Pattu sarees / Uppada Silk Sarees
are in huge demand worldwide. These hand
loom sarees are soft, comfortable and
elegant to wear and also they suite to all the
Mainly Uppada looms produce sarees, but
now as per the demand and trend dress
materials too are weaved.
How to protect Your Uppada Pattu Sarees /
Uppada Silk Sarees.
We recommend Uppada Pattu and Silk
sarees to be dry cleaned for the first time.
Then on from the second time onwards, mild
detergent can be used. Also they should
never ever be dried directly under the
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