\nHere is an exquisite artwork of silver thread \u2026 with a little silk woven in\u2026so shall we classify this as a work of textile art or silver art?\n\nJust kidding!\nThis is a Benarasi Sari from the early 1900s that has the silver sari thread woven all over the body on a silk base.\nThe source acquired this from a Parsi lady who had held on to it since her grandma passed away in the 1980s. Woven in Benaras or Varanasi, this amazing work has over 600 grams of silver i.e. over 80% of the weight of the piece! So my confusion is justified.\nThe exposed portions have been\u00a0oxidised with exposure to the pollutants in the atmosphere and reveal exactly how the sari had been folded during storage! [I\u2019d make a great Sherlock or at least Watson]\n\nIn my childhood I\u2019ve watched many zari saris being sent for \u2018polishing\u2019 by my grandma and her sisters when the zari had darkened and a wedding was coming up! So I\u2019ll just do the same when I find a use for this gorgeous treasure!\n***\nToo often I wonder at other people\u2019s awesome luck \u2013 with no effort on their part they are lucky in games of chance and in games life plays. And I always envied them. And wondered why I did not have a similar spectacular strokes of pure luck coming my way! Self pity is always fun isn\u2019t it?\nBut this morning as I think of this piece now in my possession, I am reluctantly compelled to dispel that self-pity\u2026\u2026 and am forced to be happy about by good luck \u2026.\nThankfully the artwork is enough to distract me from the endless self-psycho-analysis \nSee it on wovensouls.com here.\njm\nDecember 2018\n\nThe post Confused About Classification! Silver or Silk? appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.