From Chinese Kin, “gold” and Persian khwab- “dreams”. “Fabric of golden dreams”. Silk fabric brocaded with zari (kalabattan) silver or gold, or both. When the zari threads are used so densely that the ground silk is hardly visible, it is called kimkhab and often too heavy for clothes. When the zari work is less dense then it is a true brocade. Kimkhabs are produced by layers of extra weft yarn, varying from three to seven layers. Three layers of extra weft yarns kimkhab is called tipara kimkhab, four layers is called chaupara kimkhab, and the ultimate heavy kimkhab, the seven layered cloth of gold is called satpara kimkhab. Kimkhabs are now woven mainly in Banaras, though Ahmedabad and Surat at one time were famous for it. Today kimkhab is gaining popularity among the weavers of Tamil Nadu and places like Kanchipuram, Salem, Kumbakonam and Thirubhuvanam are creating exceptional work. When the Kimkhab work is silver zari overlaid on a base of gold zari, or vice versa it is referred to as “Tashi kimkhab”. Kimkhab is variously known as kamkwab, kimcob, zartari, kimkwab, zar-baft and a few others.