Pochampally Ikat Sarees- An Aesthetic Handloom Creation
In the small town of Bhoodan Pochampally, Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana), the Pochampally Ikat originated. The place is a cluster of eighty villages and has traditional looms. This particular type of aesthetic Ikat sarees, hailing from the town of Pochampally is generally made of silk. The beauty of these sarees lies in their minute details that run throughout the length of the 9 yards. These sarees are seldom gaudy and never fails to reflect the sensibility of the woman who drapes it on herself.
Special Features of Pochampally Ikat
The making of one single Pochampally saree takes arduous effort and the labor of 4 people over the course of 10 days. These sarees use the double Ikat method which takes time, is more complicated than other variations of ikat and looks more beautiful.
All Pochampally ikat sarees features an intricate geometric pattern that has been done all over the drape to give its a sophisticated look. These silk sarees are lightweight and make a comfortable wear during the sultry tropical summer. They make amazing wedding attires too as they are classy to look at. You can team up your Pachampally silk Ikat sarees with a beautiful blouse and be ready in an instant for a ceremony.
The Vibrancy of Pochampally Ikat Sarees
India is a colorful country, and so are its sarees. These ikat sarees are never hued with artificial colors. All colors used on these sarees are derived from natural sources.
These sarees are mostly in vibrant shades of blue, yellow, orange, red, green and dull gold. The pattern made on the saree mostly features the hue of dull-gold or white. However, with the introduction of various new motifs, you might see other colors being featured in the design.
How to Take Care for Ikat Sarees
Anything lasts longer if you care for it, and these Ikat sarees are no exception to this rule.
The best possible way to care for this type of ikat sarees is to give it for dry cleaning.
However, if you wash it at home, always go for bucket wash, as machine wash might strain the threads of these soft sarees.
Use only water to wash your saree for the first three times to maintain the sheen of your drape.
Invest in a high-quality mild detergent to wash it.
Avoid direct sunlight for drying your saree. Dry it under shade instead to protect its color.
Store your saree in a muslin bag and change its fold every month if possible, to avoid permanent creasing.