The other day I went looking around for Gadwal sarees and to my surprise I learnt all the reputed stores I visited stocked the variety which was an apology for the original. The fabric was inferior, so too was the zari which had no content of silver at all. It glittered so much that it made its presence felt that the beauty of the sari faded completely. However these so called Gadwal sarees were folded in the fashion of their original form which certainly was deceptive. Again surprisingly the salesmen haven’t heard of Gadwal Seiko which is a combination of silk and cotton which disappointed me.
I left wondering when sarees from all over India are stocked and displayed at the their shop windows, how is that a genuine Gadwal saree does not find a place anywhere in these large cloth stores? It is disheartening to see this iconic saree of our neighbouring State is not found even in Government outlets of the state.
n.meera raghavendra rao