Uppada Jamdani Sari

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Uppada Jamdani Sari
Geographical indication
Alternative namesHandcrafted woven sari in Uppada Jamdani style
AreaUppada, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh

Uppada Jamdani Sari is a silk sari style woven in Uppada of East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It was registered as one of the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh by Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.[1][2] Uppada Jamdani saris are known for their light weight.[3]


The name Jamdani in the Uppada Jamdani Sari is a Persian terminology, in which Jam means flower and Dani means Vase.[4]


Jamdani style of weaving is originated in Bangladesh. In 18th Century, It was brought to south and in Uppada village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India Jamdani style of weaving recreated with a local resonance.[4] The Jamdani style weaving was as old as 300 years.[5] In 1972, Uppada weavers were recognized by Govt. of India with President's award.[6]


Uppada Jamdani saree weaving takes nearly 10 – 60 days time for which at least 2-3 weavers has to spend 10 hours of their day. Weavers uses pure lace (silver zari often dipped in melted gold[4]) and also finest silk of Bengaluru area. Weaving of saree involves, laying out its design, interweaving silk threads, looming, etc.,[6] There are around 3000 looms producing Jamdani sarees in and around Uppada and kothapalli area.[4]

The sari[edit]

Around forty percent of the local weavers are women. To make a sari, it takes a week to a fortnight which consists of cotton body with silk pallu and all completely handwoven. The weavers design in such a way that it can be folded and fits in a matchbox. Different designs include geometric, flowers, leaves, etc.[7] Speciality of Jamdani saree is that it gets design on both the sides and is much less weight than that of Kanchi and Dharmavaram brands.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geographical Indication". The Hans India. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Registration Details of Geographical Indications" (PDF). Intellectual Property India, Government of India. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ Jemima Margaret Eliot (30 December 2008). "Andhra spin! - The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Vasudev, Shefalee. "Next-Gen Weavers: Jamdani of the south". Livemint. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  5. ^ "AP Jamdani sarees get GI recognition – Rediff.com Business". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b c 10టీవీ, బృందం. "కళ కోల్పోతున్న చేనేత కార్మికులు". 10tv.in. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Gorgeous Gadwal". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2016.