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Photographs Sunrise, Assi Ghat, Varanasi Naksha or design process: Naseem Ahmad at work Graphed pattern for making jala, Shahjahan Ansari's workshop, Varanasi Digitally produced design, Shahjahan Ansari's workshop, Varanasi Pattern drawn on mica sheet, Naseem Ahmad's workshop, Varanasi Aziz ul…
Overviews of history, materials and techniques (grouped thematically and by date) Web-page on Banarasi Saree on the official website of Varanasi district Web-page on Varanasi Saris, National Centre for Textile Design, Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles,…
Agrawal, Yashodhara. 2003. Silk Brocades. New Delhi: Roli Books. Ali, Abdullah Yusuf. 1900. A Monograph on Silk Fabrics Produced in the Northwestern Provinces and Oudh. Allahabad: N.W. Provinces and Oudh Government Press. Basole, Amit. 2016. 'Spare Change for Spare Time? Homeworking Women in…
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In Varanasi, before the advent of jacquard looms, weaving was done on jala looms. A ‘jala’ is a kind of frame on which the design is first created using threads by nakshabands (pattern-makers). This is attached to the loom as a master harness. Some master weavers still use the jala loom in Varanasi.
The use of gold and silver zari is a characteristic feature of the brocades of Varanasi. Shyam Sunder Jaiswal of Vishwanath Prasad Zari Manufacturers, Varanasi, talks about the history, techniques and usage of zari (traditional gold and silver thread) in brocade weaving.