Textiles Tours in Hyderabad
Same Day Excursions:
Pochampally: small village near Hyderabad is renowned worldwide for it’s beautiful silk weaves. The world knows this quaint town for its spectacular Ikkats. Spread over a charming part of the Deccan plateau, Pochampally is the largest centre for Ikkat. The place has been declared a Model Village due to its cleanliness and civic amenities. The ministry of Textiles have started a huge Textile Park in Pochampally with over 3000 weaves and provide employment to over 5000 villagers. They give training to villagers and then put them on live weaves; they produce some of finest Ikat and double Ikat works. The park has a dedicated person to take guest around a tour of the park and show the entire process, end to end. This park is worth visiting as a one-stop place and everything to do with Ikat!
Pochampally is approx 65 kms from Hyderabad. If you are interested in more weaver workshops tucked in the villages then continue to a nearby village of Koyyalagudem for more Ikkat tie-and-die fabric work but mostly Cotton weaving. For Silk Pochamppaly still remains the main center, although there aren’t many families now doing weaving here these days as their kids have chosen different, more lucrative professions over the traditional business of weaving.
This will be a full day excursion with packed lunch or a fresh hot local thali lunch can be arranged at a newly open Organic Restaurant in Koyyalagudem – only for discerning travelers
In the City:
Suraiya Hassan Bose
She reinvents ancient Indian designs to inject handlooms with contemporary verve. The 80-year-old entrepreneur engages in revivalist techniques. Her master weavers from different regions of the country transform ancient forms of mashroo with tie and dye threads, crafting distinctive motifs in jamewar and exclusive borders in gold for saris. Our guests can visit her workshop, located walking distance from Golconda, to spend time with workers and learn more about this rare art form. Suraiya comes to the workshop daily but she is growing old thus passing it on to his son, who is more involved.
He is one of the Master weavers of Andhra Pradesh and has spent all his life in revival of the traditional weaving of Uppada & Paithani Sarees, fabrics and stoles. He travels extensively to all over the country and abroad just to get the old designs and reinvents / restores them with help of local weavers in the villages around Hyderabad. He was instrumental in reviving the weaves of Uppada village by empowering more than 3000 weavers to practice this dying art. He now has a boutique /show room in the posh Banjara Hills and happy to show his collection to the guests.
ApCo Hyderabad – a good handloom showroom cum workshop owned and operated by Andra Pradesh Government Textile Department located in the city, near Salarjung Museum. Clients who do not have time to visit the villages can visit ApCo and see the both manual weaves and Jacquard Looms on the top floor and see artisans at work.
Vanita Passary – we can also arrange meeting with Vanita Passary, who is doing some contemporary Ikat revivals in Poochampally village and recently launched her store in Hyderabad.
She is a very special person to meet, a great patron of the Hyderabad’s rich culture and hospitality. Married to a local Marwari businessman, she came to Hyderabad when she was 16 years old as highly educated young girl who made this city her home for rest of her life. She lives in one of the oldest Kayasth Haveli in the downtown. The house is 200-year-old located in Raja Bahadur Motilal haveli, Begum Bazaar and adorned with antiques and rare paintings. The house is as good as a living museum; it also has a tube lift still in working condition, some 50 years old. It is conveniently located from the Charminar area but in middle of a busy narrow Street. This magnificent haveli is well maintained and Vinita is more than happy to have our guest (with prior appointment) and host a tea/snacks. In the same Haveli she also has her workshop where one can see local artists working on her designer masterpieces. She has many stories to tell and talk about wide range of subjects. To be able to spend time with her in her Old palatial home is a very special feeling.
Vinita Pittie has been in the business of fashion for 23 years and was one of the first designers who put Hyderabad on the national fashion map. Her trousseau collection of saris, cholis and bangles has added mirth to Bridal Asia ever since its inception in 1999. She has no pretensions and considers herself ‘not a mainstream designer’ and she is just happy to represent Hyderabad.
She prefers the guest to visit her place after 11AM in the first half, which fits best to visit after the Old Hyderabad tour. She can also arrange a small fashion bazaar if it’s a group (less than 20 pax), in the courtyard of her house and bring local artists to display their creations and art. During this interaction she will serve our group some local refreshments, snacks and tea.