One of the most exquisite sarees in India called the Baluchari sarees are created by craftsmen of this place. The silk strands are dyed separately and then put into a loom. Designs are woven with the help of a series of punch cards that are hung from the top of the loom. These punch cards are rectangular pieces of cardboard with hundreds of holes punched according to the design. The colored strands pass through these holes and fall into place very precisely on the loom. One saree may have an entire episode from the Mahabharata woven into its border and pallu.