Pochampalli in Nalgonda district has occupied a unique place in supplying a special variety of attractive sarees ( pattu ), of all the sarees sold in Telangana. The renowned Ikkath art, which began here for the first time in 1953 is said to be world famous. Further, the man behind this Ikkath art is Karnati Anantharamulu, who went all the way to Banaras in UP to receive training in the said art and brought it into limelight. He also added silk fibres to add extra glitter and make it more elegant. Try and Dry is the main step in the Ikkath art procees. Silk threads are first bleached and dried and then the threads are separated. Later, long threads are subjected to hand spinning and then the threads are spread around big pots. In the next stage the entire thread goes through the process of selected designs and application of desired colours. After it is dried the final product – beautiful sarees are delivered with a special shining.
The said art has received patent rights from the Central Government in 2003. Pchampalli sarees are so popular that they are exported to other States including foreign countries. Once hundreds of families did eck out a living on the handloom industry but over the years the demand has come down for it and the weavers are going for alternative jobs. Still 8000 handloom workers are dependants on Ikkath art. Ironically once world famous Pochampalli sarees are now looking for a market. However, the said sarees could hit the market again with a clear identity if only the government gave a helping hand to those working on the Ikkath art. It was also appealed that the marketing base must be made suitable to increase the glory and fame of the Pochampalli silk sarees.