Silk has been a highly revered fabric in India. It is also associated with ceremonial rites of ancient India. The softness, smoothness, luster and its graceful and sensuous folds of the fabric are marvels for designing.
Silk saris are often created with zari. The main silk weaving centers are Banaras, Surat, Chander, Murshidabad, Mysore, Assam, Kanchepuram, Tanjore, and Dharmavaram. Silk saris are popular all cross India for their shine and glamour.
Key Centers of Silk Production
Banaras is one of the leading silk sari producing centers of India. It is known for its heavy gold-silver brocades. Jamvar, Navrangi (nine colors), Jamdani etc are other brocade types from the range of Banarasi saris.
Gujarat boasts of Patola silk saris executed in the resist dying technique. There are two types of Patola saris; the Rajkot patola and Patan patola. The notable feature of Patola saris are use of bright colors and geometric designs interspersed with folk motifs.
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