Siddipet is famous for its handloom sarees called Gollabhama sarees which are unique for their inlay technique and motifs. These sarees get their name from the decorative motifs that are used – the gollabhama(milkmaid). The motifs are said to have been inspired by the charm of the women of the golla (cattle-rearing) community – dressed in their brightly hued skirts and veils carrying pots of milk and curd.The weavers replicate these silhouettes to create alluring designs on their looms with cotton as well as silk yarns. Weaving a Gollabhama saree takes around 3-4 days to make, but the weaver earns a meagre amount per saree. In its heyday, there were about 2000 weavers of the Gollabhama sarees, but today the number has dwindled to only six.On 19/03/2012, the Siddipet Gollabama got exclusive Intellectual Property rights through Geographical indication Act (GI).
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