A figured weave, originally made popular in Kashmiri shawls. The jamavar shawls were closely woven with allover paisley (kairi buti) patterns. When the technique extended to fabrics they were woven as dress material to be turned into splendid robes and tunics. ‘Jama’ meaning ‘robe’ and ‘var’ meaning ‘yardage’ explains it all. The laborious process used many ‘sticks’ (bobbins), sometimes as many as 50, carrying different coloured yarns to create amazing tapestry like rich patterns. The same technique has extended to Banaras brocade weaving in silk as Jamavar brocades. See A Glossary of Handwoven Silk Sarees.