Arts and Crafts of Andhra Pradesh
There is no dearth of exuberant culture and traditions in andhra
Pradesh. Here you can find many forms of performing arts, handlooms
and curios. The range of handicrafts is absolutely fantastic at Andhra
Pradesh. They hold a special place in the culture and tradition of the
Some of the most exquisite handicrafts are found in Andhra Pradesh.
Many of them evolved from within the state whereas some were brought
by the people coming to this magnificent state.
¤ Banjara Needle Crafts (Embroidery)
art form belongs to the nomads and gypsies of Andhra Pradesh. The
embroidery of this form is live and vibrant. Banjaras in Andhra
Pradesh display their colorful lifestyle through their exuberant
¤ Bidri Craft
This craft belongs to the the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. It
basically involves silver inlay on metal, which is very exquisite.
There are many legends related to its entry and exit into the country
and then to Andhra Pradesh.
¤ Bronze Castings
The famous bronze idols were based on the verses from the
Shilpashastra. These verses were called dhyana. These verses instruct
the craftsmen about the physical measurements, proportions,
description of the deity, characteristics, symbolism and above all,
¤ Budithi Brassware
The Budithi Brassware originated from a small village called Budithi
in central Srikakulam, a district in Andhra Pradesh. This place is
famous for creating beautiful shapes out of alloys. These shapes are
also available in modern as well as antique style.
Pembarthi is a small village located in the state of Andhra Pradesh
at about 100 kms from Hyderabad. The village is famed worldwide for
its unmatched brassware tradition. This meticulous brass work art
flourished during the reign of Kakatiyas empire.
¤ Durgi Stone Craft
The famous Durgi stone craft originated in the Durgi. It is situated
10 Kms from Macherla in Andhra Pradesh. There is a school of sculpture
and stone carving located here, which imparts this ancient skill. Some
of the masterpieces of Durgi Stone Craft is found at the
¤ Kondapalli Toys
The famous Kondapalli toys are made of softwood, known as Tella
Poniki. These toys are also made up of sawdust, tamarind seed powder,
enamel gums and watercolors. After the toy is carved on the wood, a
paste made of tamarind, wood and sawdust is applied for giving further
shapes and attaching limbs etc., to the toy. This art form belongs to
the Kondapalli district of Andhra Pradesh.
¤ Lacquer Ware
The Lacquer craft is widely found in Etikoppaka in Andhra Pradesh.
This place is one of the major centers of this craft. The Lacquer
craft involves the application of lacquer on wood in pleasing shades
to create a distinguishing appeal.
¤ Nirmal Arts - Paintings & Toys
The Nirmal art is generally found in the Nirmal town, Adilabad
district of Andhra Pradesh. Here, many craftsmen known as Nakash
reside. They are involved in Niramal arts, in which scenes from the
Hindu epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana are painted.
¤ Veena Manufacturing
At Bobbili in Andhra Pradesh, the oldest musical instrument,
Saraswati Veena is manufactured. This instrument is even mentioned in
almost all ancient texts. It is an integral part of Carnatic music,
famous all over the world for its melody and harmony.
The handlooms of Andhra Pradesh are of excellent quality. It is also
famous for its fine saris all over the world. Every region of the
state has its own style and weave.
¤ Chirala Textiles
The textiles of Chirala are quite famous. The Chirala textile is made
by using a large quantity of oil, which is used in preparing yarn for
weaving. After the fabric is ready, it is wrapped with wax & clay
before being dyed in selected colors .
¤ Dharmavaram Saris
The Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh is famous for silk saris all over
the world. These saris are specially worn on functions. They have
simple, plain borders without much contrast. The borders of these
saris are commonly broad having brocaded gold patterns. The borders
also have butta and the pallus of the saris have exclusive designs.
¤ Eluru Carpets
The Eluru in Andhra Pradesh is famous for its woolen pile carpet
industry. This art from was brought to India by the Persians who
migrated to Andhra Pradesh during the Muhammaddin regime. Later, they
developed the carpet industry here.
¤ Gadwal Saris
Gadwal located in Andhra Pradesh is famous all over the world for its
beautiful saris. The body of the Sari is cotton whereas the border and
pallu are in silk. The cotton and silk fabrics are woven separately
and then attached together.
¤ Ikat Weaving Handlooms
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
¤ Kalamkari Fabrics
The Kalamkari is a fabric famous all over the world for its beautiful
vegetable colors used on the clothes. These fabrics include a range of
special mythological designs for Hindus, prayer carpets for
Mohammadans, tent lining cloth, chintz, table clothes and curtain
clothes printed in attractive colors. This art form is found at
Machilipatnam in andhra pradesh.
¤ Mangalagiri Sarees
The Mangalagiri saris and dress materials are made from Mangalgiri
cotton, which is quite popular here. Mangalagiri, located 12 Kms from
Vijayawada is also an important pilgrimage center in Andhra Pradesh.
¤ Uppada Sarees Handlooms
The Uppada saris are produced in Uppada, a beach town located 20 kms
from Kakinada. It is famous for attractively designed cotton saris. At
Peddapuram, 20 kms from Kakinada one can buy delicately designed silk
saris created by local artisans.