About Venkatgiri
 

Venkatgiri is a popular place for Handloom weaving all over the world. It is located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh state in India. The place is popular for cotton Handloom saris. Venkatagiri cotton saris are unique, and they are popular in amongst all the cotton saris. Venkatagiri cotton saris look classy and elegant with their unique charm. Venkatagiri is developing industrially and also in educational sector. Venkatagiri is having Indian institute of handloom technology, APRJC and BHEL is setting up a new manufacturing plant near Venkatagiri. Famous pilgrim places like kalahasthi, Kanipakam and Tirupathi are within in a short distance from Tirupathi.

Venkatagiri has got its own unique weaving excellence and one can specify and get a designer saree for a price. In fact in the earlier days these weavers used to weave very few sarees for the Kings, and the remuneration they got from them was very much sufficient for whole of the year. Two major communities Padmasali and Devanga are engaged in weaving profession in the area in Manulalapet and Bangarupet. Devanga community weavers are in this profession from 1600 AD onwards; all are migrated here from Kadapa district in 1600 AD. Venkatagiri is famous for "Jamdani" design which was imported from Bangladesh. Four Venkatagiri weavers won President’s Award for weaving this design.

Venkatagiri silk sarees which are very famous and is available at wholesale and retail in the market and one can easily purchase Venkatagiri silk sarees. Venkatagiri has got its own unique weaving excellence and one can specify and get a designer saree for a price. In fact in the earlier days these weavers used to weave very few sarees for the Kings, and the remuneration they got from them was very much sufficient for whole of the year. Two major communities Padmasali and Devanga are engaged in weaving profession in the area in Manulalapet and Bangarupet. Devanga community weavers are in this profession from 1600 AD onwards; all are migrated here from Kadapa district in 1600 AD. Venkatagiri is famous for "Jamdani" design which was imported from Bangladesh. Four Venkatagiri weavers won President’s Award for weaving this design.

The weavers in Venkatagiri mainly produce sarees of Cotton, Cotton and Silk mix and pure Silk. The counts in the fabric give the softness to the fabric. More the counts softer will be fabric and lesser counts produce harder fabrics. The counts used in cotton are usually 100 (length) – 100 (breadth) and in silk it is 3 ply. One Pacham will make 4 sarees. Pacham is the length of the yarn loaded in looms. On an average a weaver will make 10 sarees a month and will earn an amount of `4000. The yarn is purchased by merchants and given to the weavers along with the designs. The weavers will turn the yarn in charka and load in the loom and weave the fabric as per the design given to them. The weaver receives their remuneration once the finished product is returned to the merchant. Venkatagiri handlooms specialty is Jamdani designs which costs from `700 to `15000 in the wholesale market. Venkatagiri sarees are not exported outside India from Venkatagiri. Usually it is send all over India and the merchants used to do the export. Sri S Verraih has received a national award for Venkatagiri design in the year 2000. Thus Venkatgiri paves a new path in the rich Indian history of Handloom weaving.