In Tirupati District there are 30000 weavers are depending on weaving profession directly and indirectly (Dying, Designing, sizing, warping etc). In Tirupati District. Handloom Industry have been more concentrated area is Venkatagiri, The weavers are producing world famous Venkatagiri Pattu and Cotton Sarees from Venkatagiri on Handlooms.
Weaving at Venkatagiri first originated over 300 years ago and was patronized by the “Velugoti“ dynasty. A small group of weavers were supported by the dynasty for the exclusive purpose of weaving dhoti and turbans made of soft cotton with sophisticated embroidery to the Royal family. The Venkatagiri Sarees, known for their fine weaving, date back to early 1700 when these sarees were produced at an artisan cluster close to Nellore called Venkatagiri. The place was then known as ‘Kali Mili’ and its famous product was patronized by the Velugoti Dynasty of Nellore. During the 18th century, the kings of AsafJahi dynasty promulgated acts that attracted textile craftsmen from the central and western regions of India to the Andhra region.
ONE DISTRICT ONE PRODUCT INITIATIVE:
Venkatagiri Sarees are known for there fine weaving and most durable sarees by use pit looms which are fixed in the ground level in their weaving. the weavers mainly produce sarees of zaricotton,Cotton and Silkmix,and pure silk . Recently the weavers are use Jamdani technique from Bangladesh added to the variety of the Venkatagiri Sarees An award winners of VenkatagiriSaree in Jamdanidesign and SantKabir Award recipients of weavers of won the National Awards by using jamdhanitecnic in Venkatagiri Sarees.
In this context to promote India,s rich and diverse cultural heritage under“ONE DISTRICT ONEPRODUCT”(ODOP) Venkatagiri sarees are identified.And also it was registered as one of the geographical indicationAct1999.