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Cordovan and Red Brocade Fabric from Banaras with Woven Flowers and Zari Weave by Hand
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
Width - 23 inch

Item Code: SFE43
Price per yard: $125.00


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Dazzling-Blue Brocade Fabric from Banaras with Woven Flowers and Zari Weave by Hand
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
Width - 23 inch

Item Code: SFE44
Price per yard: $125.00


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Golden-Mustard Brocade Fabric from Banaras with Woven Flowers and Leaves
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
Width - 23 inch

Item Code: SFE45
Price per yard: $125.00


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Purple Banarasi Brocade Fabric with Woven Flowers and Zari Weave by Hand
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
Width - 23 inch

Item Code: SFE46
Price per yard: $125.00


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Blue Bagdoo Block-Printed Fabric from Jodhpur
Pure Cotton
Width - 45 inch

Item Code: SFE47
Price per yard: $12.00


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Brown and Golden Banarasi Brocade Fabric with Woven Flowers and Zari Weave
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
Width - 23 inch

Item Code: SFE48
Price per yard: $125.00


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Mustard Bagdoo Block-Printed Fabric from Jodhpur
Pure Cotton
Width - 44 inch

Item Code: SFE49
Price per yard: $12.00


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Black Banarasi Brocade Fabric with Hand-woven Flowers and Zari Weave
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
Width - 23 inch

Item Code: SFE50
Price per yard: $125.00


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Blue Bagdoo Fabric from Jodhpur with Block-Printed Spirals
Pure Cotton
Width - 44 inch

Item Code: SFE51
Price per yard: $12.00


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Gray Brocade Fabric with Woven Roses by Hand
Pure Silk Handloom Brocade
Weaver Kasim Family of Banaras
22.5 Inches Wide

Item Code: SFB53
Price per yard: $125.00


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Greener-Pastures Banarasi Katan Georgette Fabric with Woven Large Paisleys in Golden Thread
Pure Georgette Silk
Width - 45 inch

Item Code: SFE28
Price per yard: $55.00


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Red-Ochre Banarasi Katan Georgette Fabric with Hand-woven Trees in Golden Thread
Pure Georgette Silk
Width - 45 inch

Item Code: SFE29
Price per yard: $55.00


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Russet-Brown Banarasi Katan Georgette Fabric with Woven Stylized Paisleys
Pure Georgette Silk
Width - 44 inch

Item Code: SFE30
Price per yard: $55.00


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Estate-Blue Bagdoo Hand Block Printed Fabric from Rajasthan
Pure Cotton
Width - 45 inch

Item Code: SFE31
Price per yard: $15.00


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Cornhusk Fabric from Jodhpur with All Over Folk Print
Pure Cotton
Width - 44 inch

Item Code: SFE32
Price per yard: $15.00


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Red-Clay Bagdoo Block Printed Fabric from Rajasthan
Pure Cotton
Width - 44 inch

Item Code: SFE33
Price per yard: $15.00


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Beige Block Printed Fabric with Wild-Life Figures
Viscose
Width - 46 inch

Item Code: SFE34
Price per yard: $20.00


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Amber Fabric with Block-Printed Gayatri Mantra
Pure Cotton
Width - 46 inch

Item Code: SFE35
Price per yard: $20.00


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Dusty-Yellow Block Printed Fabric from Jharkhand with Small Flowers
Viscose
Width - 46 inch

Item Code: SFE36
Price per yard: $20.00


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Tender-Green Hand Woven Khadi Fabric
Pure Cotton
Width - 46 inch

Item Code: SFE37
Price per yard: $20.00


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Russet Orange Hand Woven Coarse Khadi Fabric
Khadi
Width - 36 inch

Item Code: SFE38
Price per yard: $20.00


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Sadhu-Orange Hand Woven Plain Khadi Fabric
Pure Cotton
Width - 42 inch

Item Code: SFE39
Price per yard: $20.00


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Black Bagdoo Block-Printed Floral Fabric from Rajasthan
Pure Cotton
Width - 45 inch

Item Code: SFE40
Price per yard: $15.00


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Pearl-Blue Hand Woven Khadi Fabric
Pure Cotton
Width - 36 inch

Item Code: SFE41
Price per yard: $15.00


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Silk Brocade Fabrics Sold by the Yard
What is a Silk Brocade?

It is a richly patterned silk fabric characterized by the use of gold and silver thread. Silk Brocades are luxury textiles.

In the Tibetan language, the word for silk brocade is gya-ser, this term being widely prevalent even today amongst the textile traders of Banaras. There are however regional names also; for instance, in both Ladakh and Bhutan, it is called gos-chen. literally meaning the 'great garment.'

Tibet's Connection with Silk:

The gift of silk was first brought to Tibet from China; by the Chinese princess who married King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in the first part of the seventh century. Slowly, this fascinating textile penetrated all aspects of Tibetan daily life, developing into an integral part of their religious and secular ethos.

Traders belonging to the Marwari community - from Rajasthan and well known for their business acumen - settled in Kalimpong (near Sikkim), first took the samples of this Chinese brocade to Varanasi. Some people believe it was the Nepalese traders who took the initiative. Over time, Banarasi brocades overtook their Chinese counterparts in popularity.

The reasons for the partiality towards the brocade from Varanasi were (are):

a). The quality of the gold was better.

b). The fabric was thicker.

c). In modern times, brocade from Varanasi is still entirely hand-woven whereas the Chinese brocades are now machine made.

d). The Indian merchants take even small orders while their Chinese counterparts insist on orders for large quantities.

Uses of Silk Brocade in the Religious Life of Tibet:

1). For the design and decoration of shrines as altar (chos-kyap) and seat coverings, drapes and canopies (u-lep) marking the seat of a high religious person.

2). Used for pillar covers (ka-phen) and door hangings (cheb-le).

3). For framing thangka paintings.

4). To adorn images of deities.

5). For making dance costumes.

6). As altar over hangs for the seats of high lamas.


The Kasim family of Varanasi - A 200 Year Old Institution:

The Kasim Family of Banaras are virtually synonymous with Tibetan Brocade and were the first to manufacture these at Banaras, more than 200 years ago.

Since then it has been a constant passion with the family and the only time production fell was in the early 1960s when China occupied Tibet. Reminiscences one of the Kasim brothers:

'Our father was adamant that we will not give up gya-ser weaving, He said that this brocade is connected with someone's religion and religion never gets over.'

Slowly, a revival began around 1965, when the Tibetans in exile sought out gya-ser brocades again to decorate the monasteries being established in India. There was a further demand from Tibetan communities spread around the world as well as from Buddhist pilgrims who came to Sarnath and Bodhgaya, sacred cities near Banaras, highlighting the continued importance of silk brocades in the lives of Tibetans.

The contribution of the Kasim Family was acknowledged by the Dalai Lama himself when he introduced them at a gathering by saying 'These are the people who make the fabric of our religion.'

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