There's never a good reason to say no to brocade, especially if it is something as regal and rare as an ashavali. Part of Gujarat’s rich textile heritage, the ashavali is an intricate brocade with motifs like paisley, birds, flowers and vines thanks to Mughal influence. The most distinct part of the weave is the outlining of motifs based on Mughal meenakari or inlay work. Once a highly coveted textile, the ashavali weave nearly withered away due to paucity of skilled weavers, poor economic conditions and loss of traditional markets. Thanks to the efforts of master weaver Vishnubhaii Patel and his family, this languishing craft gets a new lease of life with refreshing applications like the borders on these sarees. Choose your favorites from this collection and bring in a little sliver of history into your life. Called ashavali after the nearly forgotten original name of the city of Ahmedabad, this drape was first commissioned by a Mughal general in the 15th century AD. It was originally made with real gold thread and was heavily traded. The current ashavali weaver family in village Ridrol is perhaps the last one practicing the craft. Vishnubhai Patel helped revive the weave, inviting weavers from as far away as Benaras and introducing innovative techniques.