VARANASI SILK \ˈväranasi ˈsilk\
n 1 a: An intricate jacquard fabric woven by artisans in Varanasi, India, using foot-powered looms. b: Based on a 500-year-old tradition that has struggled to remain profitable against a proliferation of power looms and cheap Chinese imports. 2 a: The subject of a collaboration between Maiyet, a luxury label designed to spur economic development through conscious consumption, and Nest, a nonprofit that works to promote self-sufficiency for artisan businesses in the developing world. b: The focus of an ambitious revival plan that includes the construction of a new “carbon-negative” workspace-cum-community-center by world-renowned architect David Adjaye. 3: Featured in a capsule womenswear collection, designed by Maiyet and sold exclusively at Barneys New York.