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Gadwal sarees originate in Andhra Pradesh. The Gadwal sarees get their rich looks from lavish designs in their pallavs. Gadwal sarees are woven in the interlocked weft technique and have borders of contrasting colours. This method is known as 'kupadam' or tippadamu' in Telugu.

The Gadwal sarees have a cotton body with loosely attached silk border. The silk border is either tassar or mulberry. Attaching the silk border and pallav to the cotton body to is called doing the 'kechchu'. This is most difficult to do and is also what sets the Gadwal saree apart from other sarees.

It is believed that the Gadwal saree weavers learnt their art and craft from Banaras. However more than the Banarasi influence, the designs of Gadwal sarees have a strong South-East Indian bent in structure and aesthetics.

Gadwal sarees favour traditional colours. Very popular are earth shades like browns, greys and off-whites. Today brighter shades have also been introduced to lure the North Indian buyer.

Copper or gold dipped zari adorns the pallav and border. Traditional motifs like the murrugan (peacock) and rudraksh are well liked. Intricate geometric patterns are frequently found. The body of sarees is sometimes adorned with self stripes or zari buttis (tiny motifs).

Gadwal sarees have evolved with times and some new and interesting designs have come up. The Sico saree which has 50% cotton and 50% silk is very popular today.
A Gadwal saree befits all festive occasions. It bestows a unique grace to any woman wearing it.
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