The origin of Opada saree is in Uppada, a small beach town located 39 kms from Kakinada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This place is famous for beautifully designed cotton sarees and silk sarees online.
Uppada or Opara handloom sarees are popular for their unique designs. Usually Opara sarees are made by the cotton warp and wept. The complex weaving techniques provide softness and hardness of the fabric. The weavers in Opara uses a method without any machinery tool to make the traditional Jamdani weaving to create rich patterns using gold and silver thread for which Opara saree weavers have rewarded with Geographical Indication (GI) registration in the year 2009. Jamdani is a handmade fabric which consists of cotton, which was named as muslin. The Jamdani weaving tradition basically belongs to Bengali community.
Women of Indian love to wear Uppada sarees on different occasions as that is available in retail as well as online ethnic stores. Traditional Opada and Jamdani handlooms have made this small town world famous. Moreover, unparalleled designs have to make the sarees more desirable and pretty. The softness or hardness of this saree usually depends on the count of the interplay of fabric threads. 100 in length and 120 in breadth is the ideal size of Opara silk sarees. This is mentioned as warp and weft weave. The fabric quality is solely reliant on the count. The weavers make these sarees in a traditional method and avoid any machinery work. Attractive patterns are crafted in the Jamdani saree in which silver and gold zari thread is used to enhance its charm.
Making a Opara Saree
All the threads are thoroughly washed and the dyed in specific colors before starting the weaving process.
Opara cotton saree weaving takes around 10 to 60 days time to finish it completely. It needs at least 2-3 weavers and 10 hours of daily work to produce this product. Weavers use fine thread of silver zari often dipped in melted gold and also finest silk of Karnataka. The following steps are needed to complete a saree, i.e. laying out its design, interweaving silk threads, looming, etc. There are nearby 3000 handlooms producing Opara sarees in and around Uppada and kothapalli area.
Uppada Silk sarees are a preferred choice by movie actresses of India. This Silk saree online is recognised as one of the royal dresses in the world and are seen as one of the most selling item of Indian textile industry.