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NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Our mantra is to spread global happiness, so rest assured – weâll do everything we possibly can to ensure youâre a happy customer.About this item: Aqua paisleys dance in the golden tan feast that is this beautiful shawl from India’s Madhu Agrawal. The stylish wrap is woven on a jacquard loom with authentic Banarasi silk, creating an iridescent effect. 72.0′ L x 22.0′ WDry clean onlyAbout our Artist: Hello, I’m Madhu from Varanasi City, famous for the Ganges River. It is known the world over as the holy city of the Hindus, and it is also considered as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. It was originally known as Banaras, and hence the silk from here is called Banarasi. I have very fond memories of my childhood. Being a holy city, I remember growing up in Varanasi was really enchanting and we visited temples a lot. My association with creative work dates back to my younger years, as I was involved in painting, stitching and designing. However, my actual involvement with Banarasi silk began when I married my husband since his family was associated with real artisans and weavers. I slowly got in touch with them and started my own studio where I designed and wove beautiful pieces, of course with the help of weavers. Art is the most eclectic form of expression of ideas and beauty, and this is what attracts me the most to weaving. Through my work I am able to help generate work for more weavers, and for this I received recognition from the Rotary Association of Varanasi. The tradition of making Banarasi sarees in Varanasi is very ancient and it is linked to the history of India. Banarasi sarees are mentioned in the holy scriptures of the Rigveda (1700â1100 BC), as well as in the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics….