The land of Nizams, is a fascinating treat for lovers of history, culture, textiles, architecture and finely crafted jewels. From age-old Kalamkari paintings to the exquisite tie and dye ikat, this region boasts of an eclectic range of textiles.
Pochampally: The Pride of Telangana
Telangana is most famous for its Pochampally ikat style of saris and textiles adorned with delicate and distinctive designs. Visit the Pochampally Handloom Park and a weaver’s home, where you can watch exquisite Pochampally Ikat sarees come to life and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the weavers.
The Kalamkari Kaleidoscope
Kalamkari or Qalamkari (derived from Persian words Kalam & Kari) is the art of painting fabrics with a kalam i.e. pen, a sharp pointed pierced bamboo that regulates flow of colour on the fabric. Meet Mamta Reddy , a hand painted kalamkari textile designer who has committed herself to keep the dying art of hand-painted Kalamkari using natural dyes alive.
Creativity with a cause
Spend time at Creative Bee’s Natural Dye Farm, located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, to experience the subtle complexities of traditional heritage textile craft techniques. The eco-friendly sustainable textile production unit, set amid a tranquil 3-acre organic mango orchard, is home to three families of skilled artisans who have been with them for over 15 years.
A culinary feast
Hyderabad is famed for its biryanis and rich curries that have its origins in the kitchens of the royalty. Savour the flavours of the authentic cuisine by sampling a meal at Rayalaseema Ruchulu, a local eatery known for Andhra food. Do not miss out on the gongura, a leafy green veggie that adds intense flavour and texture to every dish, be it the dal or the chicken.
A rich textile legacy awaits you
Come indulge in a rich, diverse cultural journey, complete with historical context, wrapped with local interactions and cuisine.