India has some of the most magnificent textiles in the world. It is known for its saris that are woven in silk and in fine muslin cotton. The flowing silk materials are decorated at the edges with ornate weaving, often in silver and gold, and with some exquisite hand embroidery that sometimes includes beads. We’ll have the opportunity to view, touch and learn more about sari borders from Mr. D. B. Bhatt who is very knowledgeable of the subject and who owns 300 such borders. He will bring for us to see 60 to 70 samples and tell us how gilded threads are produced, and how these can be distinguished from synthetic gold threads. He will also show us borders that vary in both design and width, depending in which Indian state they were woven.
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