Mubarakpur, a village in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is an ancient handloom weaving cluster, with evidence of fine silk weaving being practiced here since the 14th century. Such was the fame of this weaving cluster, the famous medieval traveler IBN Batuta has praised the high-quality fabrics being made in Mubarakpur.
A Luxurious satin weave with beautiful motifs mostly in Kadhua technique has historically been the highlight of this area. In the Kadhua technique each motif is woven separately with no cuts, and, hence, this technique is regarded to be the pinnacle among Brocade weaves. It is said that the Benarasi saree weaving technique was developed by taking inspiration from Mubarakpur.
The All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association(AIACA) has been focused on reviving the forgotten and almost lost skills of this famous weaving centre. By producing the beautifully designed dupattas and stoles it is an endeavour of the Burhani Mubarakpur Weaves society to reach more people and regain the lost glory.