Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh
Pochampalli, less than an hour's drive from Hyderabad unravels the mysteries of Ikkat weaving. Ikkat is the process of resist dyeing with the sequence of tying and dyeing sections of bundled yarn in intricate multi-hued designs that emerge as the threads are woven into fabric... in glowing silk, in soft cotton, in single shades and in vibrant combinations, in saris, garments and accessories.
Every member of each artisan household integrates with the skill, providing the right setting for Gurukul learning of Ikkat which will particularly interest the visitor seeking a live experience of the craft.
Pochampalli was also at the very genesis of Acharya Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan Movement (donation of land to the landless). The Bhoodan Ashram (Vinobha Mandir), bordering a large water body, is open to tourists, as indeed is the local community's warm disposition to visitors.
See & Do
Learn all about Ikkat from master weavers at the Chenetha Gurukulam. Visit the Markandeya temple, the weaving community's main deity. Leaf the pages of history at Vinobha Mandir. Visit the Tourism Complex with the live weaving museum, amphitheatre, shopping complex and lake view restaurant. Watch age old dance forms - golla suddulu
. Experience the colourful Batakamma Panduga (October) and Bonalu (June) folk festivals; join in the Chariot Carnival (February). Enjoy traditional fare: cucumber-based curries (veg & non-veg) with rice and roti.
- Airport: Hyderabad (46km)
- Rail link: Secunderabad/Hyderabad
- Road: NH 9 from Hyderabad (35km), turn at Kothagudem (10km).
On the Spot
- Home stays with local families
- Swamy Ramananda Thirtha Rural Institute (2km)
- Rooms at the Tourism Complex managed by the local community will soon be available