Wednesday, January 15, 2014

* Banarasi Silk Brocade Sarees of Banaras, India

Mesmerizing images of Banarasi silk brocade Sarees, are posted right below the following brief write-up. Please don't miss viewing these beautiful handloom weaves & designs of the brilliant weavers of India, the unsung heroes of this Nation.

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Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads.

Brocade is typically woven on a draw loom. It is a supplementary weft technique. The ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft, in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The purpose of this is to give the appearance that the weave was actually embroidered on.

Banarasi brocade work is a weaving style of the silk weavers of Varanasi, a city in North India, which is also called Benares, Banaras, Varanasi or Kashi. The Banarasi silk Sarees are among the finest Sarees in India, and are known for their gold and silver Brocade or Zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The Sarees are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate designs. And because of these engravings, these Sarees are relatively heavy.

The special characteristics of Banarasi silk-weaving are Mughal inspired designs. Other features are gold-work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, Pallus, Jal (a net like pattern), and Mina work. Most of the silk weavers in the ancient city of Banaras, belong to the Muslim community. The contributions made by the Great Moghuls to the Arts & Architecture of India, during Moghul Empire, is truly commendable.

More information on Banarasi brocade work, with web-links to the sources of the following beautiful images of  Banarasi brocade Sarees, will follow soon. Stay tuned, & please don't miss the joy of exploring the countless varieties of hand-woven, hand-printed, and hand-knitted ethnic textiles of Incredible India, at least virtually first in these blog pages, before actually begining your 'Live Shopping Journey', both ONLINE & OFFLINE.🤣🤣🤣

Here is the Wikipedia page of the Ageless, Timeless & Mesmerizing Banarasi Sarees . Those with a love for the glorious cultural heritage of India, I am sure, would simply enjoy reading it.

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