Jamdani and Brocade weaving at Banaras
Banaras is a major textile hub that caters the needs of both the local and international markets. One simply cannot miss the Jamdani and brocades of Banaras. The silk Jamdani or the ‘figured muslin’ is a technical variety of brocade traditionally woven in Banaras. It may be considered to be one of the finest products to come out of the Banarasi loom. Here silk fabric is brocaded with cotton and rarely with zari threads.
Most weavers work on handlooms set up in their homes. The weavers prefer to work in natural light-source (sunlight) over artificial lighting since the latter can tamper eye-sight with age.