Shikargah & Vanasingaram – Woven wonders

The brocades of Banaras are well known for its richly patterned fabrics characterized by the use of gold or silver thread. The highly ornamental silk brocades with gold or silver work in Benares were referred to as Kimkhwab. During the Mughal period (1556-107 CE), the kimkhwabs became popular in Mughal royal workshops called “karkhanas”.Originally the brocades were woven on a drawloom known as "jalla" and the entire supplementary design on ...

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Zardozi embroidery

India is home to most beautiful embroidery skills like zardozi, chikankari, sujni, kantha, kasuti, mirror work, toda. Zardozi craft was a luxurious metallic embellishment of India, dates back to Vedic times. It also adorned the nobilities of Moghul Royal courts, from their court costumes, shawls and their shoes. Zardoz were the traditional craft persons who worked with gold wire, and their craft skill was called as Zardozi. Originally this elaborate technique of embroidery used ...

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Drapes of India – The Maharashtrian Nauvari saree

The astonishing versatility of a saree in India has been expressed by the countless women who wear this garment in different styles. In our blog this month on Drapes of India, we look at the Nauvari saree, the distinctive nine yards saree of Maharashtra. The history and origin of the saree are shrouded in mystery, but the archaeological sculptural references of earlier civilizations show the saree being draped like ‘kacham’ or a dhoti by both ...

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Banaras Brocades

A Banaras brocade sari is not a mere garment — it is a living skill practiced by few weavers of Banaras. Woven in Varanasi, which is referred to as Benaras or Kashi, the brocades are home to one of the oldest textile weaving traditions of the world. The “holy city of the Hindus”, Benaras, is on the banks of the river Ganga in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. This city ...

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History of Saree

"Six yards of elegance, charm and grace" can be the simplest description of a saree. Ever wondered how long this garment has been a part of our lives? Read along to know... Saree, also known as sari is a traditional attire of Indian women. The name Sari originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Saadi’ which means ‘a strip of cloth’. In sanskrit literature, it is mentioned as Sattika and as Jatakas in ...

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