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Remember when I said I take bad pictures, I wasn't kidding, which is why I don't have useable ones of my 1st and 3rd pic here of the Uttar Pradesh weaves and have to use close-ups (and the 1st one is not even me!, it's the model who convinced me to buy the saree). Here's to hoping my Banarasi Katan Silk saves the post. Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi, Benares/Banarasi, Brocades, Mughal, Zari (pure gold), they are all intertwined in the tales of the Banarasi. So magnificent it was, the attire of the Gods mentioned in the Rig Vedas is likened to the embellished zari work of the Banarasi. The Mughal emperors walked with pure gold brocades and adorned their palaces as well with these work of art. My saree here though has none of these because the embellished one is waiting to be handpicked 😄 Katan is a plain woven fabric with pure silk as is mine and its light weight. My 1st pic is of the same state but of a different variety, the Benares dupion silk. Dupion silk give a stubbed knobbly kinda texture which comes from reeling silk off cocoons that are joined together. Rough a little on the surface but light. And look at the color of this one! It got me at Ganga-Jamuna. My 3rd pic here is the one and only Chikankari embroidery of Lucknow, known to have come from Nur Jehan herself. It has now grown to many varieties of colors and styles from what used to be white on white embroidery, the base fabric being muslin! All in all UP holds some very historic handlooms and let's see if we get a glimpse of some of it in the Global Indian Festival happening tomorrow right here in Midvalley KL 😀 #ascgif17 #gif17 And I must say this, PHEW!