Banarasi Brocade has its roots seeped into the rich cultural history of India. Originally crafted exclusively for the royalty, the fabric was created from real gold and silver threads, taking as much as a year to make. The origin of this old technique has been obscured by time. At least three craftsmen work together to make up one fabric by using the power-loom. One artisan has to weave the silk and one has to dye the silk, where the other one has to engage the bundle of silk, which creates the power ring. The designs are drawn previously on a graph paper. It is imprinted as a patter for the punch-cards. During the complete weaving procedure, this will be used as a guide for threads. The Banaras city is the main center of weaving. The Other centers of the brocade weavings are at Azamgarh, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Chandoli, Chunar and Chakia.
GI Tag Number : 99
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