Varanasi’s Muslim quarter, is the district where most of
the famous Banaras brocades are woven. In Varanasi, the art is
so highly refined and valued that the weavers are referred to
as artists, or karigars, rather than as weavers,
or jullahas. Before being attached to the loom,
the six-meter-long silk threads--the required length for a sari--are
stretched out in courtyards and alleyways to be untangled. Brocades
are textiles with warp and weft threads of different colors and
even different materials. Banaras brocades often have gold or
silk threads woven into the fabric.
(Banaras), Southwestern Uttar Pradesh
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