|End-piece of a cotton Telia Rumal saree|
A quarter of a century later, in the 1970s, a weaver named Gajam Govardhana from Puttapaka, Nalgonda, visited Chirala and learnt how to make the Telia Rumal. It was through him that the technique of weaving the Rumal spread in Nalgonda district which is now in Telangana.
The sarees made today tend to be woven in the 'traditional' colours of black, white, and red, in double ikat featuring distinctive geometric floral motifs enclosed in diamonds. Their borders tend to be stripes, often a single stripe, in a deep bright colour. Contemporary sarees also tend to experiment with colours and it is no longer startling to see Telia Rumal sarees in a wide variety of colours identifiable from a distance primarily by the designs.