Aashaval or as better known today as Ahmedabad is the hub of brocade weaving. Under the Mughals, brocades from Ahmedabad and Surat were considered of the best quality. The use of zari, gold or silver thread wrapped around a silk core, was very popular and a range of textiles made of gold and silver were created in Gujarat. Aashwali and kinkhab textiles are the most famous from the state. Newer materials like plastic zari, rayon are used. The most common motifs on aashavali saris are stylised versions of parrots, peacock, paisley and human figures.