Esmae was in India recently, and she shared these photos with me; I got her permission to show them to you. Do feel free to add anything you know about Indian weaving/Sari/silk, please, or questions for Esmae.
I love the weaver's outfit, too. Very elegant and other-worldly/olden-days-ish.
Thank you for these, Esmae, and I sure hope you get a chance to visit India again to find out more. (And next time, possibly with my wee silk shopping list? Just joking; you saw my stash room!)