Dharmavaram in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh is very well known for its silk saris, which bespeak enormous grandeur and yet have a fairly low count of gold thread. There are records of handlooms found in Dharmavaram dating to late 19th century. The designs and motifs are traditional and include butis and dots. The saris have broad borders and brilliant colour combinations.
Dhamavaram is well known throughout the country for its silk weaving industry, particularly its elegant silk sarees. Evidence of the origin of Dharmavaram Sarees can also be found in the wall paintings of Lepakshi temple near Hindupur. Mulberry silk in 2-ply are used for both the warp and weft. Zari is extensively used in the borders, pallu and body to ornament the saree. This sari is also used to make stunning and vibrant costumes for Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, classical dances of India.
It was registered as one of the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh by Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.