Jamdani Weaving of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Jamdani Weaving of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Jamdani here refers to the figured, cotton, flowered weaves of the Gangetic plain (it is also used in reference with the woollen weaves of Kashmir). Jamdanis are very finely textured muslins with dominantly floral (sometimes animal or bird) motifs woven in discontinuous supplementary-weft cotton (occasionally silk or synthetic). The finest of these fabrics is woven in two or more tones of white yarn of varying thickness, used to create effects of light and shade, transparency and opaqueness. The supplementary threads are usually thicker and heavier than the ground - subtle tones and nuances are the hallmark of this sari.

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