G. Savithri, P. Sujathamma, Tripura Sundari and B. Chandana Kumar
The concept of globalization that flounced the globe in recent years, turned our planet into a small village on one hand, posed several challenges, on the other. Among them, intellectual piracy is a prominent one. One may recall the long, long struggle India had to make in proving the origin of Basmati rice and Turmeric, in the absence of published documentation to prove their historic and geographical belongingness. Since then, there has been increased awareness about the need to protect our products of uniqueness and indigenous knowledge. Indigenous Knowledge (IK) is a valuable and sophisticated knowledge system developed over generations by local communities. The phenomenon of intellectual piracy is cause for great concern and calls for action at both National and International level. Indigenous knowledge is an invaluable resource for the development. Indigenous knowledge, combined with modern know-how, can be used as a basis for sustainable, people-centered development. Therefore, identification and study of traditional handloom silks of Andhra Pradesh is an important component in the present day context. Handloom is one of the important sectors of the Indian economy. Even today, millions of people in India still depend on handloom for their living. Pochampally is a small village in the Nalgonda district of Telengana which is known worldwide for its exquisite hand woven silk saris. In view of the uniqueness of Pochampally ikat weaving, the authors made an attempt to discuss various dimensions of Pochampally weaving after visiting and interacting with the weavers.