This is a skill that requires a lot of intricacy. It is a style of weaving, where the yarn is randomly dyed in natural zigzag or geometric patterns. The Ikat weaving originated in Nalgonda district of andhra Pradesh. This internationally acclaimed weaving form, is now practiced mainly in Puttapaka, Pochampalli and Chautuppal villages of andhra Pradesh.
This technique originated from Telia-rumal. Telia is derived from tel (Oil) which is used in sizable quantity in preparing the yarn for weaving. Ikat enables the weaver to program precisely the exact pattern of colours on the finished fabric by wrapping it up with wax and clay before dipping it in select dyes. Ikat is popular as lungi, shoulder cloth, turban cloth earlier but now sarees, dupattas, purses, files, bags, mats and bedsheets are more in demand.
Pochampalli, Koyalagudem, Choutuppal, Puttapaka and Narayanpur are some of the centers of Ikat weaving. Items include sarees, blankets, mats, carpets, coasters, fancy bags etc.