The dots on this fabric are reminiscent of bor, a small, round fruit that grows well in Rajasthan's harsh, desert climate and is widely enjoyed there. The design is worn by married women of the Kumhar (potters) and Chaudhury (owners of small landholdings) communities. The dots are also said to represent the matkas, round vessels for storing drinking water, made by the Kumhars.
A Banarasi sari is a sari made in Varanasi, the holy city of India which is also called Benares or Banaras. The saris are among the finest saris in India and known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven silk and decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.
Amidst the barren desert landscape of the western border towns of India, smatterings of color