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The Dharmavaram silk saris originated in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh. Traditionally made of pure Tussar silk, they are hand woven in the interlocking weft technique creating the double shade effect they are famous for. The duality of colour, achieved by the juxtaposition of a subdued colour with a bright one is accentuated by dazzling borders in beautifully embroidered zari. The excellent quality of the weave, and their rich texture makes them an easy favourite amongst women everywhere. Often it takes two persons working continuously ten days to weave a single sari- making it a family occupation, with members of the household relieving one another every few hours.
In the past, saris coloured in maroon and yellow were the most widely in demand. However, with changing times Dharmavaram weavers have embraced a multitudes of vivid colours. Customarily, these saris are supposed to be a good omen and are worn on occasions of great import- weddings, birthdays, etc. since donning one is supposed to bring good luck.