Brocade is an elegant, heavy silk fabric with a floral or figured pattern woven with additional zari or silk weft yarn going back and forth across the motif only. This creates a satin effect over the motifs. Brocades are ornate, rich woven fabrics. The pattern is usually emphasized by contrasting yarns. In India, Banaras (Varanasi) has been known for its exquisite brocades.