Thursday, March 03, 2011
Brocade Silk Scarf Fashion Accessory from Banaras
Varanasi or Benaras, is today one of the most important silk-weaving centers. Originally it lay in the midst of a cotton-growing area and was famous for its cotton weaves. Today no other centre can compete with varanasi. It has perfected the art of weaving and there is no style of weaving, which it cannot reproduce.
The fabric of a scarf can be cotton, chiffon, georgette, silk, net or sometimes mixed too. These are integral parts of the salwar kurta, lehenga, and churidar. With cultural exposure from Europe, these scarves found their way to the western wardrobes too. A specialty of the area is the heavy gold brocade, which has an extra weft of rich gold thread running right across the warp threads, with the motifs picked up in silk thread and jewel-like colours worked in the style of meenakari, a term used for gold ename jewellery and here it is applied to woven gold brocades where the rich gold patterns are enlivened by introducing silk threads very much like richly coloured enamel designs worked in gold.