Sari Making



Alaipura, 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.

Varanasi (Banaras), Southwestern Uttar Pradesh


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