Gadwal Saree is a famous textile product of Gadwal
, a small town situated in Andhra Pradesh
. The striking feature of this saree is that, while the body is made from cotton, the borders and the pallu, the falling edge of the saree, are made from silk. These sarees are worn by the local women during religious or festive occasions.
Gadwal saree is woven using an interlocked-weft technique, locally known as ‘kupadam’ or ‘tippadamu.’ The silk that is employed for making the borders is either tussar or mulberry silk. The body of the saree, woven from unbleached cotton yarn, contains patterns made using colored cotton or silk thread. The embroidery is done using threads coated with gold or copper. Traditional motifs are the norm. Most popular is the mango motif, used mostly in adorning the borders. Colors usually used are yellow, parrot-green, pink and beige.