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POCHAMPALLY

Pochampally also known as Bhoodan Pochampally is a mandal or cluster of 80 villages in Nalagonda district of Telangana. It has become popular for its special quality of sarees and other dress material known by Pochampally Ikat tie & dye. Incidentally it was from here that the idea or brain wave of the Bhoodan movement or voluntary donation of land for the social purpose of providing land or re-distributing to the landless poor germinated when Sant Vinobha Bhave visited it in 1951. This movement engulfed the whole of India and wrought a lot of benefit to thousands of poor farmers across India who did not have decent means of eking out a living. Today there are about 10000 families in Pochampally solely involved in the making of the unique Pochampally saree as a means of livelihood.

Pochampally also known as Bhoodan Pochampally is a mandal or cluster of 80 villages in Nalagonda district of Telangana.

Some prominent organizations in India have officially prescribed Pochampally silk sarees as uniform for its women staff. Bollywood also has its share of divas who have taken a liking to this saree variety. Incidentally Pochampally has been in the tentative list of world heritage sites as part of ‘iconic saree weaving clusters of India’.