A yellow Pithambari Banarasi cotton saree - historic, classic weave from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The intricate floral vines in colourful meenakari and zari are exquisite. The most important and creative process in weaving a Banarasi saree is its designing. Once a design has been chosen, the Nakshaband first works out the design of the fabric on a large graph paper. This work is called Likhai. The design is then hand punched on to stencils, known as ‘Naksha Pattas’. These Naksha Pattas are used in the handloom to trace the design on to the fabric. An average Banarasi saree requires hundreds of Naksha Pattas. More intricate the design, greater the number of Naksha Pattas used in the loom. In this Pithambari creation, the theme of the body is repeated as a self zari border with green edge. The self zari pallu has paisleys and floral vines in self zari. This masterpiece comes with a plain yellow blouse with a zari strip.