Angara Cotton

 
 
Andhra Pradesh

Among the many weaves, handlooms, and weaving communities in East Godavari district, the village of Angara holds a special place. Resplendent in the many kinds of cotton and silks that are woven here, one is awed by the colors, designs, and finish of the fabrics at Angara.

A little village in the winding lanes of the scenic East Godavari district, Angara is where one finds an array of colorful Jacquards, buta saris, all kinds of cotton, and silks.

Painstakingly created on a handloom, the weaving community here takes pride in the work it does, as it works at bringing new designs to the loom. Established in 1975, the society with approximately 800 members and 400 looms has come a long way.

The process of weaving is long and difficult, and many of the weavers are in their forties or older. Youth engagement is lacking, because they prefer other jobs instead. The society does its bit though to motivate those who are interested. Women weavers are encouraged, through various ventures, funds, and benefits. There is however still scope for improvement.

They constantly keep a tab on the market and try to create something novel. They have thus been able to produce fine kinds of cotton, buttery, classy slab yarn saris and much more, some of which became time-tested classics which are a quintessential part of the community.