Chittoor

The handloom weavers of this district are famous for creating heavy Jacquard pure silk and cotton sarees. The Government of India has sanctioned a handloom cluster at Madanapalle for the benefit of over 400 handloom weavers. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari is one of the two styles of Kalamkari works present in India, with the other being the Machilipatnam style.

Kalam – which in Persian means pen is used for hand drawing and coloring. The usage of pen involves two types - one for drawing made from bamboo the other for drawing. The colouring process involves usage of only natural dyes extracted from flowers and vegetables. Altogether the entire process involves seventeen steps including block

making, cloth treating, printing, washing, etc. The Srikalahasti style is distinctive in that it showcases the religious myths and epics on the fabric. The sarees are most notable for their borders and pallu. Due to the uniqueness in designing and painting by using the kalam or pen, Srikalahasthi Kalamkaris got patented under Geographical Indications Act during
2005-06. Besides these patented Handloom products there are other offerings that are just as unique.