A Hindi word for a design master, especially in connection with the weaving of Banaras brocades. He is the one who translates the design into a naksha or jala, a series of knotted cords which, when mounted on the loom, will lift the required warp threads to form the shed for the weft yarn to go through, according to the pattern. This is very much like the adai used in traditional Kanchipuram weaving, an old system that is being increasingly replaced by Jacquard cards. But the naqshabanda still translates the design on to squared (graph) paper for the Jacquard cards to be punched.