The Kadiyal technique helps achieve a border in a sharply contrasting color to the rest of the body of the garment, a feat in itself in handloom weaving. This requires multiple changes in warp and the weft shuttle.
Meenakari involves the painstaking addition of supplementary coloured resham threads during the hand-weaving process. This adds different colors to the pattern apart from the zari.
One of the oldest weaving techniques practiced in Banaras, Jangla is characterized by intricate and scrolling floral patterns and scenes from life in the jungle. All over jaals, flowers and creepers cover the body of the fabric to create a rich and dense design.
A technique that traces its roots to the region of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Jamdani is known for its extremely fine quality and ethereal appeal. In Jamdani weaving, the patterns are made using heavier threads on a lighter, translucent backdrop of fabric. This technique is done on traditional pit looms.
Over centuries of its existence, Benaresi weaving has incorporated many classic patterns and design traditions from India's vast and varied regions.
Named after a small town in Maharashtra renowned for this pattern, Paithani sarees were first donned by the region’s royal families. Paithanis are characterized by their rich borders and pallus. Zari is used in the warp to form a golden base on which intricate inlays are made using supplementary colored threads.
Traditionally handwoven by the resist dyeing process in a town called Patan in Gujarat, Patolas are double ikat sarees. Banarasi weavers, forever seeking inspiration, have adopted many distinctive Patola patterns and incorporated them in their weaving designs to make Banarasi Patolas.
The intricate paisley motifs and designs on a Jamawar fabric give it a distinctive appearance. The design in a Jamavar is completely woven into the fabric with no loose threads on the back.