Introduced in the middle of the 19th Century to provide employment to the
poverty-striken women of the area, lace work was, to start with, sent to
friends and relatives abroad as gifts which were highly appreciated.
Starting with a mere dozen designs, the local skills were used to evolve as
many as 300 designs over the years which speaks of the high artistic sense of
the artisans. The raw materials and implements required for this industry
are simple, consisting of only a hooked needle and cotton thread. The
thread used is twisted mercerised cotton yarn made out of superior grade
cotton. The craft is carried on by thousands of women working part time
at their homes in Narsapur and Palakol areas of West Godavari District and
Razole Taluka of East Godavri District.
Articles produced include those that are wholly lace, as well as those in which
lace work is used as decorative insertions in cloth.