Pochampalli or Pochampally
It is a small village of Andra Pradesh state in India. World famous silk hand looms are made in this small village for generations now. Even today we can find my weavers in this village whose main source of income is weaving.
Pochampalli should be called after Silk Sarees, but it is very well known as Bhoodan Pochampalli. Here is the story that goes back to 1950s.
Bhoodan Movement of Acharya Vinoba Bhave
A very well know social reformer for his Bhoodan movement in 1950s. Bhoodan is a movement of voluntary land reforms, which was started in 1951 by Acharya himself to persuade landlords to gift the land to lower castes people in India. A total of 1 million acres of land was distributed to the poor people thru this movement after India got independence.
Bhoodan Ramachandra Reddy
For the first time in Andhra Pradesh, Vedre Ramachandra Reddy of Pochampalli, influenced by Acharya Vinoba Bhave, donated 900 acres of his land to poor people. Hence Ramachandra Reddy and Pochampalli were fondly given Bhoodan a prefix – Bhoodan.
The Silk sarees are made manually in every aspect including spinning silk thread to weaving it. It is a place worth visiting.
(A story on the plight of weavers to come next)