Amongst the main districts of Maharashtra that are known for exquisite handicrafts is Aurangabad. The most famous crafts of the city comprise of Bidriware, Mashru and Himroo crafts. Talking about the Mashru and Himroo crafts, both of them are fabrics that are made of cotton and silk. The quality that adds to the appeal of the fabrics is that they have the same shine that one can see in the satin fabric.
Himroo is also known by the name of 'Kum Khuab'. It is very luxurious
fabric and has a royal past associated with it. Himroo used to be
amongst the favorite dress materials of the nobles, in the earlier days.
During that time, the fabric used to be a blend of silver and gold
threads. The threads were so thin and fine that the whole fabric used to
give the appearance of gold cloth. Himroo is basically used to make
shawls and sarees.
Though earlier, the fabric used to be made with hand, the technique has
now been replaced by machines. Today, a special loom is required to make
the amazing Himroo fabric. Mashru fabric is also as appealing as Himroo.
However, its specialty lies in the use of bold patterns and colors. The
appeal of the fabrics during the royal times can be judged from the fact
that Marco Polo was once gifted a fabric woven in silk and gold threads.