A lot of people frown upon hybrids \u2026..\nI have no view on the subject.\nIf evolutionary forces caused this to occur then so be it \u2026. I am no superior being to sit in judgement on what should or should not occur.\nA Paithani weave is a revered object by all Maharashtrians. The gold shimmers softly and gently and does not hurt one\u2019s eyes. The price it commands, naturally attracted other weavers of consummate skill to indulge their hands in weaving this kind of sari as well.\nAnd so, in Benaras, woven by master Benarasi weavers,\u00a0 the Paithani style emerged.\nAt a wonderful wholesale store (more about the shop later) \u00a0in one of the tiny but bursting-with-life gallis of Benaras, one such hybrid caught my eye and I was hooked!\nWhat exactly distinguishes a Paithani made in Paithan, Maharashtra from a Paithani style made in Benaras Uttar Pradesh?\nMaybe the weaving structure. Perhaps. [Needs more research].\nIn a hundred years when this piece become an antique textile, I can imagine raging debates about whether this piece is a paithani or a banarasi \u2013 and then someone with deep knowledge of weaving will come along and reveal some secrets hidden in the structure that will make it decidedly Banarasi.\nUntil then, many of us will wear these beauties!\nAND rejoice in\u00a0 this hybrid form that was created to exploit a market opportunity.\nAlso handwoven by masters of their craft, these Benarasi Paithanis are unapologetically charming and offer an equally sumptuous visual feast.\nHere are some images of a \u2018short\u2019 colored (or shot colored?) (meaning dual color) silk sari:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0Here is the shop I discovered: A huge store in a little galli \u2013 where the \u00a0wonderful owners spared no effort in showing me ( the prospective buyer of just a single sari \u00a0while all their other wholesale customers were buying no less than a 100! ) dozens of stunning pieces over several cups of chai! A superb shopping experience!! One more reason to return to Benaras!\u00a0\n\nEnjoy!\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\njm\nSept 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post One more Hybrid \u2013 A Paithani weave from Benaras appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.