While the base of the Gadwal saree is cotton, there is a loosely attached silk border and the fabric is traditionally woven in the interlocked-weft technique, called Kupadam or Kuttu. Most of the Gadwal sarees have a rich border, a different pallu and gold or silver zari brocades. Hand crafted designs on pure gadwal cotton have traditional colours for these sarees as earth shades of brown, grey, and off-white.
Of late the block printed Gadwal handloom cotton sari having intricate silk or golden zari border and elegant pallu, a combination of cotton and silk, is an image-booster for corporate offices, or a welcome change during festivals, traditional meetings and inaugural functions.
Gadwal Silk sarees are woven in Kotha Kota silk with contrasting border and pallu. Different motifs used in these sarees areYouli, stylish Lion, double headed eagle, floral designs etc. Border patterns could be Hamsa, mythical swan, combined with carvings tendrils and such delightful themes.