Recently we celebrated the National Handloom Day and while I was looking at all the pictures posted by celebrities and other people, maximum of them were sporting the Banarasi saree or textile. No wonder it is one of the best and beautiful fabrics of all time!
Syncing with the same tunes the house of Kashi Wafta presents ‘The Heart of Benaras Collection’ ! A treasure trove of magnificent sarees, dupattas, yardage, benarsi skirts, shararas and much more, this collection replete in techniques, designs and colors forgotten in the present time. Kashi Wafta endeavors to recreate the ancient weaves of Benaras bringing the best in taste, color, style for every season. For Mina and Praneet at Kashi Wafta, each saree, dupatta or fabric is like a story, where the weaver is the story teller and the characters are the delicate, vibrant threads of silk and zari. Together they unfold each story.
So if you are in Mumbai or travelling there or willing to travel, do lock your dates in your calendar for the event! If you have the love for banarasi weaves, this is the place where you must be!
At Kashi Wafta Weaves both Praneet & Mina are dedicated to the “Benarasi” weaves, involving themselves personally in every phase of the intricate process. “Living and working in Benaras for over 30 years, we have had the privilege to be in “Baithaks” with some of the most revered master weavers who are treasure troves of techniques, designs and colors forgotten in the present time. From these interactions begin new creations.
The story of the Benarasi Weaves is very intense; from the silk cocoon to the finished weave is a time taking labor of love. The Benarasi weave is indeed an industry. The silk yarn is twisted in innumerable configurations to get the desired texture for each design to be weaved. The twist in the mulberry yarn results in textures of SAPPE, KATAAN, and CHIFFON AND GEORGETTE. Design is the significant element to ascertain which mulberry is to be used to create the desired softness and fluidity. Kashi Wafta is always in the process of creating new hues, incorporating elements like the GICHA, DUPION to beautify the weaves as well as designs.
At Kashi Wafta Weaves, they do not restrict themselves to a single weaver, technique, texture and design but give respect to weavers of all statures and make it our en-devour to be in a process of learning from them forever. Kashi Wafta Weaves make a conscious effort to interact with the weavers and their families to create a bond with them so that they may remain strong in their art and not get lured by the call of the power loom.