Photographer's Note

In the history of the India, Benaras or Varanasi is known to be in existence from the days of Rigveda i.e. about 1500 - 2000 BC. In the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, references have been made about the fame of Benarasi Saris and fabrics and which referred to as Hiranya Vastra (Putamber Vastra).

In the ancient time Benaras was famous for the weaving of cotton sari and dress materials, but slowly switched over to silk weaving, during the Mughal period around 14th century. Weaving of brocades with intricate designs using gold & silver threads became the speciality of Benaras.

Benaras is considered to be one of the richest weaving craft centres of India, famous for Brocade saris and dress material. Benarasi saris are considered one of the finest saris in India known for its gold and silver brocade, fine silk and opulent embroidery, which makes them highly sought after. These saris are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design, and because of these engravings, these saris are relatively heavy.

The hand looms which the silk workers used to weave their magic over silk over years, in recent times are becoming an endangered commodity. A gorgeous silk brocade sari, which used to take 3 weeks by hand in the looms, takes only a day in the machines that slowly replace them. There are only a handful of these looms left now.

This picture was taken at Madanpura, in a room which was otherwise dark even during broad daylight, illuminated only by incandescent bulbs, as the weaver in his hand loom, wove his magic in blue dyed silk....Hence the ISO 1600

I liked the Chiaroscuro effect...almost like two frames, two scenes within the frame of this picture

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