These days people are very cynical when looking at Benarasi weaves, and its easy to see why. Looking at recent events, the huge spate of Benarasi Pats being made and people being arrested for smuggling the same. A pure Benarasi is characterized by the intricate gold and silver zari work, and the quality of the brocade. It takes months to make and is a product of hard work, well something worthwhile the mughals left us in the 14th century.
Being a bit of an idealist myself, I too like the idea of a pure benarasi saree made with golden threads much like the rays of the sun. And I would fully support the original weavers claims that their business is affected. On the other hand people with huge power looms will make copies, its a fact taken for granted by most of us nowadays. If only there were some kind of bifurcation, one feels it would solve the issue, but then there’s only so much you can do. Well controversial as it is, we still love our benarasi sarees, and hope to see many new designs and ranges in days to come! So, Cheers to the talented folk of Benaras! 🙂