Located in one of the holiest and sacred places in India, Banaras is known for its culture, heritage and silk. Banarsi silk and weaving have been two vital aspects of this city without which one cannot exist for eternities. Being the capital of Kashi, Banarasi silk has been famous since 5th century BC. Starting from making cotton fabrics to highly detailed hand work, its products ranges from Jamdani cotton to Kora cutwork and Resham Buti work which is known as a highly demanded commodity around the world.
Silk weaving has been a dominating industry including both small and medium scale weavers who are experts in various fields such as gold & thread work, dying, sari finishers which is all done creatively by hands sitting on ghats of Banaras. Over the years, textile industry has evolved tremendously with the changing taste of the consumers, yet Banaras stands still as one of the major hub of textile while preserving its uniqueness.
With the rise of power looms and computer generated designs and by competition from Chinese silk imports, Banarsi silk weaving industry has been threatened and the weavers are now living under the fear that their sophisticated age old hand skills will not be credited and will succumb to its end in near future.
Here is where, we Weavers of Banaras would like to create a close knit of weavers to assist them to connect with the world ,display their unique and creative hand work, acquire both credit and appreciation, sustain in today’s competitive and contemporary world and prosper economically.