Islam Silk and Sarees

Who we are

Carrying forward the legacy of exquisite Banarasi silk brocades, Islam Ansari is a second generation master weaver from Varanasi. He belongs to a family of exceptionally skilled silk weavers. His father- Shri Kamaluddin Ansari recently received the Sant Kabir Award in 2015, which is the highest honour for skill in handloom weaving.

Where we work

Islam silk and Sarees engages 200-250 artisans around villages of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh).

How we work

Varanasi’s brocades have a characteristic weave in which butis (motifs) and patterns are created by thrusting Zari threads (the pure form of zari threads are derived from gold) between the warp at intended intervals. It is usually woven on a Jacquard loom. Varanasi brocades are known for their unique variety of patterns, such as Jangla, Jamdani weaves, Tanchoi, Cutwork, etc.

Craft process certified for

Handloom brocade weaving

Products

Sarees, dupattas, stoles