Dharmavaram is situated in the Sri Sathya Sai District of Andhra Pradesh. Famous throughout the world for its distinctive double-colored pattern used in the handloom Silk Sarees, Dharmavaram is the Silk City of Andhra Pradesh. Although Dharmavaram is best known for its cotton and silk-weaving Industries, the leather Puppets made by artisans are one of a kind. Most of the populationdepends upon the weaving Industries and one can easily find a weaver here. With the change of time,and as new technology came into existence, many new types of equipment and machines have been introduced which made the work of weavers easier than before, which has helped in the production of Dharmavaram Silk Sarees.
Dharmavaramwas named after Dharmambai. Her daughter Kriya Shakthi Vodavaru Swamy, the founder of the town, named Dharmavaram in her mother’s honor, in the year 1153–54 AD. Slowly the silk handloom Industry came into existence and by the 19th century, it arise as the main profession.
In India, Sarees go with every function, and in the list of traditional, rich, and silk sarees comes Kanchipuram silk, Banarasi silk, and Dharmavaram silk. Among all other silk sarees, Dharmavaram Silk Sarees have a different kind of popularity because of their double-colored pattern. Duringthe 19th century, the mulberry silk Dharmavaram sarees found nationwide recognition for the uniqueness and beauty of the weave. Earlier for wedding sarees, red and yellowcolors were used, later the weavers introduced all colors, motifs, designs, and embellishments to keep up with the changing times and as per the customers’ needs.
The specialty of Dharmavaram Silk Sarees is the way it has been woven in two colors, which gives them a double shade form with the highlight of a solid color border and pallu. This double colorgives it a distinctive look from other Silk Sarees.