Jala/Naqsha Brocades of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Jala/Naqsha Brocades of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


Varanasi/Banaras is a high-quality weaving centre known for its wide variety of techniques and styles and its famous silks, with zari. The figured silk brocades of Banaras have densely patterned motifs in gold thread (zari) or in silk, which creates a three-dimensional impression. Banaras fabrics, according to Lynton's The Sari, find mention in 'several early first millennium Buddhist texts', leading to the conclusion that 'Varanasi seems to have been a centre of fine textile weaving for at least two millennia, although it is unclear as to whether these textiles were of silk or cotton.'

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