“The wondrous weaver wove the cloth, with the thread of karma as a warp, memory and attachment as weft”
A city as old as time itself. A city that has stayed in place and watched as the world has turned and the tides have changed. A city that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. In the words of Mark Twain,
"Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together."
Varanasi, the city that is more than just the spiritual capital of India. The city which can be aptly described as a melting pot where both life and death come together. The city that you only need to visit once for it to stay with you forever. The spectrums of Vedas and literature are the testimony of unobstructed glories of Varanasi through ages.
People often refer to Varanasi as ‘the city of temples’, ‘the holy city of India’, ‘the religious capital of India’, ‘the city of lights’, ‘the city of learning’, and ‘the culture capital of India’.
According to Hindu belief, death at Kashi ensures release from the eternal cycle of birth and rebirth. Ganga in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. It is believed to locate on Shiva’s trident, so it is called peculiar in the three realms.
Varanasi is very much popular for Silk fabrics of unique designs. It has powerful force of skilled weavers of handloom to produce intricate design on fabrics. The designs produced are of their own tradition and creation consists of intricate floral and foliate motifs. The fabrics are distinguished from other Indian state fabrics in terms of design and weaving characteristics.