The enterprising spirit of the Mangalagiri weavers
• A trait that sets the weavers of Mangalagiri weavers is that most of them are very devoted to their craft are organized into family groups and co-operative societies and have a clear idea about market trends. Naturally they are able to cater to the taste of the market with innovative designs and mesmerizing patterns.
• There is a healthy capacity of the weavers to experiment. Initially zari was only used for lining the borders. Today it not only adorns borders but engages motifs and designs on the pallu as well.
• Ikat tie & dye has been experimented with and successfully displayed on the Mangalagiri handloom cottons
, increasing their visibility and widening their reach.
• The weavers use basic designs but incorporate some striking colour combinations such as baby pink with a magenta border, maroon with mustard stripes, olive green with navy blue and so on.
• Another speciality of Mangalgiri is the nizam border. The nizam border typically has tiny zarigopurs (temple tops), which run through the borders of many fabrics.
• In shot cotton fabrics
, they create magic. The weavers map out the warp yarns and then use different colours on the weft to create double shaded fabrics. If the warp threads are yellow, and the weft threads green, red, or orange, the end result is greenish-yellow, sunset orange, or a deep yellow fabric.
• Mangalgiri cotton is available in a breathtaking array of colours. It is available as plain fabric, shot cotton, stripes, checks and special weaves. Almost everything is woven on the handlooms - dress materials, shirt pieces, double-colouredduppattas (stoles), butis (small woven motifs), stripes, checks, and sarees in an assortment of counts.
• Mangalgiri offers an unmatched range of textile styles from a single weaving cluster. The fabrics are in high demand by designers, boutique owners, garment manufacturers, exporters and even furniture manufacturers.