Mangalgiri generally refers to the popular handloom saree which is from the state of Andhra Pradesh. This woven saree’s name is derived from the place Mangalgiri,which is located 12 kms away from Vijayawada.This special saree has intricate tribal designs that are woven in cotton along with zari or golden coloured patterns that occur in small checks. The pallu of this saree is adorned with a striped design, which is a typical tribal embellishment that is made out of golden embroidery.
Mangalgiri cotton is produced by the cotton yarn that is purchased from the mills.Since these sarees only have a zari border and zari on the pallu without any woven designs on the main body of the saree, therefore the fabric is woven only on pit looms, which enables the weaver to exert much more force during the weaving process without any gaps. This is what distinguishes the Mangalgiri textiles from other weaves-the durability.