Mubarakpur Weaves And Its Origins

Mubarakpur Weaves And Its Origins

Being the most populated and largest state of India, Uttar Pradesh has always been known for housing different cultures, cuisines and types of clothing. From Agra’s Taj Mahal to Mathura’s Peda and Vrindavan’s Holi celebrations to Lucknow’s Chikan embroidery, every village or town in Uttar Pradesh has its own identity.

But apart from the famous Banarsi sarees or Lucknow’s elegant Chikan embroidery done on various fabrics like kurtas and sarees, few people know that the small village in Uttar Pradesh – Mubarakpur –is one of the oldest weaving centres in the World with its own unique weaving style which was later adopted by the Banarsi weavers.

With a population of around one lakh and 20,000 families of weavers, Mubarakpur is a small town in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh and is often referred to as the village of weavers since 90 percent of its working population is involved in the task of weaving. The most fascinating thing about this small town is the fact that much before infusing beauty into Banarasi saris, it was known for its fine silk weaving whose origin dates back to 14th century. In fact such was the fame of Mubarakpur’s fine silk weaving that it found its own space in the travel diaries of the famous medieval traveler Ibn Batuta who praised it for its aesthetic beauty.

While other forms of weaving techniques became famous, the Mubarakpur cluster got left behind on the country’s map but  its relevance is far from being over  because of a noble initiative taken by “Mubarakpur Weaves” to not only  revive the glorious weaving technique but also popularize the handloom sector by creating beautiful Sarees, Dupattas, Stoles and Yardage.

With an increasing awareness campaign and sticking to the traditional weaving technique and focusing on quality it is not long before many more Ibn Batutas start writing about the glorious Mubarakpur Weaves…
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