Madurai Sungudi, native to Madurai, Tamil Nadu is an exclusive textile product traditionally produced using tie and dye method (using natural dyes). The Saurashtrians who migrated to Madurai under the patronage of Tirumalai Naicker in the 17th century were highly skilled artisans. Their women specialised in tying, while the men expertise on dyeing. Once they settled in Madurai, they decided to bring their rich tie-dye heritage a new meaning by adding a local touch to their craft. Hence, Madurai Sungudi was created with the local touch. Sungudi sarees are dyed and dried in sand under sunlight. Colour and sand smudges are quite common in Sungudi sarees and are not considered as damages.