The sungudi saree is a six-yard wonder that mothers and grandmothers wore. But not any more! Now this saree, which is native to Madurai, gets a makeover, so that it's attractive to young women as well.
The Process of the sungudi saree is an art work which needs patience with calculations and pattern knowledge , in earlier days there are masters in making sungudi sarees.
The reason why the Sungudi can be called an ‘eco friendly saree’ is because the dyes used in colouring the cotton threads are extracted from natural leaves and hence do not cause allergies. History and origin of Sungudi sarees can be traced back to the Sourashtrians (Gujarat) who along with their migration brought this art to Southern India. While the entire ardently spends their days on weaving this beautiful textile, Sungudi sarees are the major source of livelihood for more than 10,000 people in Madurai areas . With its main manufacturing unit and establishment in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The Sourashtrian community are the masters in this art. The Authenticity of sungudi saree manufacturing using natural dyes belongs to them only.
Rtn. A.K. Ramesh
President - 1998, JCI Madurai Pandian