From the Jogulamba Gadwal district in the Indian state of Telangana, these sarees were originally adorned on idols for worship in temples. Due to this rich history, the Gadwal saree is associated with tradition and authenticity.
The Gadwal saree is mostly known for its unique mix of fabrics. The “sico” or silk-cotton variety has a cotton body and a silk pallu. The pure Gadwal silk saree can be identified by its unique pattern of zari or gold thread woven into the fine fabric. Initially, they were only made in earthen tones with simple zari along the borders. As time passed and the widespread sale of sarees began, a larger variety of colors, designs, and motifs were made available.