A handloom weaver from Telangana is going viral for making a saree that can fit into a matchbox.
The weaver named Nalla Vijay belongs to the Rajanna Sircilla district of Telangana. He displayed the saree woven by him before the Telangana Ministers KT Rama Rao, V Srinivas Goud, P Sabitha Indra Reddy and Errabelli Dayakar Rao. He also gifted the saree to Sabitha Indra Reddy, as per an official release.
Saree That Can Fit In Matchbox
According to reports, it took Vijay six days to make the saree with his own hands. The official release added that if a machine is used to make the same saree, it takes two days for its completion. The saree received much praise from the Ministers and Vijay was complimented for his skills. Nalla Vijay reportedly told the Ministers, "Measures taken by Telangana Government have yielded good results in the weaving community in Sircilla. Weavers are now exploring advanced weaving technologies, looms and methods."
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In terms of cost, Vijay said that the saree costs about Rs 12,000 if weaved on a conventional loom and it would cost something around Rs 8,000 if made on a machine. The Handloom Minister KT Rama Rao appreciated Vijay's efforts and said that all support would be given to him by the state government for his future endeavours. Vijay was also specially invited by the Minister for the inauguration of a handloom unit in Sircilla.
Vijay reportedly made everyone spellbound when he presented the saree packed in a matchbox to Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy on Tuesday in the presence of other Ministers. P Sabitha Indra Reddy said, "I have always heard about the skill of weavers, who can weave a saree that can be packed in a matchbox. I am glad to witness such a saree from our own Sircilla."
In 2010, when former US President Barack Obama visited Bangalore, India with first lady Michelle Obama, they were also gifted a 30 gm saree that could fit in a matchbox. The saree was woven by an elderly couple R. Narayanappa (69) and their wife Kamalamma (65). Narayanappa had revealed that the silk from only three cocoons was used to make the Mysore silk saree instead of the usual 24 cocoons and that is why the saree felt so light.