Saturday, January 16, 2016


Vani and Prasad live in a village called Mukhtapur. Their home is always filled with bundles of bright coloured threads. Their mother and father and everyone else in the family, are weavers.
The weaving that they do is very beautiful and special. Mukhtapur village is in the Pochampallidistrict of Andhra Pradesh. Most of the families in this district are weavers.
Process of making pochampalli sareesThat is why the special cloth that they weave is called Pochampalli
The villagers have been doing this work since a long time. Vani and Prasad’s parents learnt weaving from their elders.

Now Vani and Prasad also help their parents after coming back from school. This weaving requires hard work, and many different things have to be done before actually weaving. From thread to Cloth From thread to Cloth.
Father brings bundles of thread from Pochampalli city. Mother then puts these threads in boiling water to wash away the dirt and stains.
Then everybody works to dye the thread with bright colours. These threads are then dried and rolled into bundles. These bundles are put onto looms and the cloth is woven.
Silk cloth and silk sarees are woven from the silk thread. Cotton thread is used to weave cotton sarees, cloth, sheets etc.
The loom has many needles. The size and number of the needles changes according to the design.
The weavers weave the beautiful Pochampalli sarees in bright colours. Through their traditional craft they have made their region world famous.
Great skill is needed to weave such special sarees. It also takes many days of hard labour.
After all this, it is difficult to get a good price for these sarees. Silk is becoming expensive day-by-day.
Big shopkeepers give very little money for the sarees, though they themselves sell them at very high price. That is why many weavers are giving up their family craft.
Many are leaving their villages to work as labourers in big cities. We need to solve this problem by helping them get a better price. Otherwise, this precious craft will be lost forever.
There are many For the teacher: places like Pochampalli in India that are famous for making special things.
These things have become famous by the name of the place where they are made, like – Kullu shawls, Madhubani paintings, Assam silk, Kashmiri embroidery etc.


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