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Uppada

To understand the history of Uppada Silk, one has to first trace the journey of the Jamdani weaving technique. After a decline in the 19th century due to the industrial revolution in England, Jamdani saw a slow resurgence in the 20th century. Thereafter, the technique of Jamdani was introduced in Uppada in the year 1988 where it incorporated designs which were closely identified with Andhra Pradesh. This led to the birth of a new design range called the Uppada Silk sarees. However it still took about ten years for the Uppada Silk sarees to get the due recognition and popularity. The length count of threads is 100 and the breadth count is 100 in the weaving process of Uppada Silk sarees. Jamdani made in Uppada has two weavers working on a single loom and weaving delicate and beautiful designs on the fabric by zari work. Since this is an art practiced solely by hands, it takes two painstaking months before a superb piece of work is finished. Recreating a Jamdani weaving process was extremely difficult in the initial phase, because to familiarize the weavers with the intricate skills of hand weaving took a lot of time. Now the weaving community procure the designs and raw materials and create Jamdani Uppada Silk sarees at their places. With the glorious look and light weight, Uppada Silk sarees are among the more expensive varieties of Silk sarees in the world.