Andhra has a rich variety in cotton saris. The following are some of the places with rich cotton production.
Chanderi is noted for fine cotton saris and shallus, wraps worn by the womenfolk. The warp is silk and the weft is cotton. The saris carry motifs or roundels or asharfi butis on the body.
Maheshwar, which is located on the banks of the river Narmada, is famous for fine cotton saris with tiny checks, rainbow colors. Very soft colors are used for the dyeing.
The women of Maharashtra wear these saris with the curving pleats in the front while the back is tucked into the waist.
The llkal saris of Karnataka and the Narayanpet saris of Andhra also have the same style but they are woven in dark earthen colors. In Illkal, the naturally grown indigo is used for dyeing purposes.
Gadwal and Wanaparti produce saris of thick cotton body mostly in checks with a contrasting silk border and pallu worked in gold.
Nander is famous for its fine quality cottons saris richly worked in gold thread with silk border. Venkatagiri manufactures saris of the Jamdani technique with stylized motifs woven in half cotton and half gold threads. the cotton sari patterns closely resemble the silk ones.