Narayanpet region in Mahbubnagar district of Telangana is renowned for its exquisite and unique cotton handloom and silk sarees, which are widely popular. It has always been a cherished desire of women to choose sarees that are special and exclusive. They find happiness in selecting their desired saree type, and handlooms are always chosen for their durability and attraction.
Historic Legacy of Local Weaving Industry
There is a historic legacy behind the handloom industry of Narayanpet. It is said that the famous Maratha king, ChatrapatiShivaji Maharaj had once travelled to this region where he rested for some time before continuing his journey while few weavers from his entourage, had actually stayed behind. It is these weavers who reportedly brought this tradition here of weaving sarees with a district design, which later came to be known as the Narayanpet sarees. Hence, there is a clear Maharashtrian influence observed in these sarees.
Process of Handloom Making
The sarees of Narayanpet have a characteristic checked surface design with embroidery while the border or the pallu features intricate ethnic designs. Narayanpet handloom sarees usher a contrasted look with the small zari designs. The borders and pallus of Narayanpet handloom sarees are very traditional, characterized by a rich pallu as well as a unique pattern of attractive and alternating red and white bands. The border is accompanied by a flat stretch of deep maroon, chocolate red or red colour. There are double-shade sarees too, featuring blends like pink-purple and maroon-mustard.
There is a great demand for the handloom sarees of Narayanpet and apart from the main town, several villages in the region are also home to hundreds of weavers’ families who are dependent on this tradition for their livelihood. These sarees are usually worn by women during special occasions and represent elegance and rich look. It represents a rich legacy of Telangana Handlooms in India. Due to the affordability, as well as durability and low-maintenance, the handloom sarees of Narayanpet are quite popular.