Pochapampally Weaves

Pochampally is a cluster of many villages, in Nalgonda district. Here the threads and colours created by skillful weavers create beautiful sarees and dress materials. Popularly called as the ikkat or tie and dye weave, the uniqueness of Pochampally fabric lies in transfer of design and coloring onto warp for weaving them together.

Pochampally has many traditional looms,whose designs are more than a century-old . The fabric used is cotton, silk and sico, which is actually a mix of silk and cotton. Ikat represents a weaving form wherein the warp, weft and even both are tie-dyed before they are weaved to create any designs on the finished fabric. Great care is taken from tying of the resist areas with the water repellent material. The precision of this wrapping decides clarity of the design. After wrapping, these warp threads are dyed. When these are eventually finished and unwrapped, the areas under these ties retain the original colour. Numerous colours are then added once the additional wrappings are done.

Designs worked out usually on graph paper. The natural movement during the process weaving gives ikat designs a form of feathered edge which characterizes this technique. Pochampally handlooms are widely known for the durability of the colours that are used in the yarn.

Pochampally Ikat is a well known form of saree made in Bhoodan Pochampally and these are popular for their traditional geometric patterns in the Ikat style of dyeing. The intricate geometric designs find way into the hands of skilled weavers who make beautiful sarees and dress material.

Pochampally village has also found place in UNESCO tentative list of world heritage sites under the "iconic saree weaving clusters of India". The weaving here is carried out in few villages like Pochampally, Srirpuram, Chuigottala, Koyalgudam, Chowtuppal and Galteppala and other villages mostly in Nalgonda district.