Mashroo & Himroo
Mashru and Himru are two types of fabrics made of cotton and silk with lusture of satin.
Aurangabad is famous for these fabrics. Himru shawls of Aurangabad is a less expensive type of brocade in which both silk and cotton threads are used to produce the multi-colored designs. The actual ornamental design is formed on the principle of extra weft figuring. Because of this extra layer of loose silk weft, the Himru shawls are soft, and almost feel like silk. It is believed that Mohamed-bin-Tughlak brought weavers to
Aurangabad from Ahmedabad, Banaras and Gujarat, which led to the start of the
In coarse of time, the original hand weaving fabric has changed to machine made. But a workshop in
Aurangabad's Zaffar gate is continuing the conventional style of hand weaving. The workshop also maintains a show room to showcase these products. Here, one can see and shop Himru shawls and sarees. Bold patterns and
colours are the specialities of Mashru fabrics. It is said that Marco Polo has been gifted a fabric woven in silk and gold threads.