Madanapalle, earlier known as Maryada Raamanna Pattanam, is also known for silk sarees. There are weavers whose sole livelihood is weaving of silk sarees, and the sarees they weave are known as Madanapalle silk sarees. The silk sarees are known for their endearing charm of silk, high quality where grace meets comfort, and sarees that accentuate the beauty of the wearer. The town is famous for silk and silk products, and quality of silk is remarkable. Madanapalle silk sarees are sought after by women for the sarees are an ideal pick for weddings and sacred occasions.
theTelugus.com met Lakshmi Devi and C. Nagaiah who are into weaving of silk sarees in Madanapalle as a result of ancestral profession or social circumstances. They say the amount of time invested to make one saree in most cases does not correspond to minimal wages, and they hope for remunerative prices. The sarees they design and craft are handwoven and with the aid of handlooms. The sarees are genuine handloom sarees and usually come with a handloom mark – the mark is an initiative by the Government of India to provide an identity to the handloom products. The sarees weaved here are purchased by the local textile shop owners. The shop owners sell the sarees to big outlets across the cities of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Madanapalle is a historic town: the birth place of famous philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti; educational town known for BT College, Rsihi Valley School and several higher educational institutions. It is in this town that Rabindranath Tagore wrote Indian National Anthem and was also rendered a tune. Today the town is also renowned for silk sarees: the sarees are popular for their comfort factor unlike the heavy-drape sarees, lustrous weaves with floral and paisley motifs, unique pallu and golden borders, deep hues, intricate motifs, dual-tone effect are the highlights of the sarees. The sarees are cherished wears for weddings, ceremonies and other significant occasions.
The sarees comes with a matching blouse pieces. A Madanapalle saree could be in a divine mustard colour adorned with motifs and woven in zari and resham (silk) with a distinct pallu embellished either in floral or paisley motifs or both. The colours of the sarees range from terracotta to ravishing grey, or pastel to radiant blue or violet and styled with contrast pallu with stripes, and motifs of temples to nature, and borders with zari. For the current generation, the sarees are woven in dual colours and reversible printed varieties.
Madanapalle silk sarees are gaining importance at par with Mangalagiri, Pochampalli, Venkatagiri, Uppada, Kanchi, Banaras sarees. www.theTelugus.com identifies one of the top 12 things to do in Mandapalle is to visit a local weaver, and also to consider to purchase a saree for his or her dear ones.
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