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February 2015

A Brief History of Banarasi Sari

The tradition of making Varanasi or Banarasi sarees in Varanasi or Banaras is very ancient. But it has continued to be passed down from one generation to another and continues to flourish. One will find thousands of weavers making the banarasi silk saree in this scared city even today. The training usually begins when one [...]

Prisoners of faith

During the colonial times, the figure of the “bigoted julaha” or the weaver of the east was the object of much administrative anxiety and fear.Today, more than half a century later, the prejudices of the British raj live on but in benaras the condition of the estimated three-lakh-strong weaving community is no different in other [...]