Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together. As the capital of the Kashi kingdom, Varanasi flourished as the textile centre making cotton fabrics the most sought after commodity around the world, in the 5th and the 6th century BC. Textiles such as Benarasi saree, Jamdani cotton, Kora cutwork, Resham Buti saree etc have evolved over the years with the changing audience and their taste. As per Wikipedia, there are now about 40,000 weavers left in Varanasi, as of 2015 that once stood at 300,000. The idea is to help this close knit weavers community flourish and continue to prosper economically.