Anageless beauty from an age old tradition of Banaras, Banarasi sarees have been a popular choice of Indian women for special occasions like ceremonies, rituals and most of all, weddings, since ages, a craft that came into being during the Mughal era when Muslim artisans and craftsmen chose Banaras as the place to develop and flourish their art due to the traditional aura and charm it carried for eons of years. Situated on the banks of river Ganga, the sarees that got made here began to be called Banarasi sarees. Over the years, these sarees have been revisited and reinvented by the local artisans for them to blend with the ongoing trends, without shaking the base of their traditional weaving; one of the main reasons why they never went out of fashion!
Varieties of Banarasi Silk Sarees:
Celebratory Banarasi silk sarees are divided into four main categories:
- Pure silk (Katan)
- Organza (Kora)
- Brocade Silk
Even the design patterns followed in Banarasi sarees can be broadly classified into the following:
A typical Banarasi brocade Saree is hand crafted on pure silk fabric with gold and silver zari thread work and it is referred to as brocade. Even today, an authentic Banarasi Brocade saree on an average takes around 12 full days to get made and it requires minimum of three people to work on it at one time. Heavier than other silk sarees, these brocade sarees exhibit very fine and detailed craft work on them. Though they incorporate newer designs into their making, the Banarasi silk sarees even today stick to their opulent tradition of Kalga and bel motifs that are inspired by Mughal Era designs. These designs are rather complex and need expert hands to work on them to be able to bring out the real beauty. The more intricate the work, the more time consuming its making is. Some of the Bridal sarees that get made are adorned from top to toe in real brocade motifs and they can take even up to six months to be made! Each piece of this bridal collection is unique and there are no two pieces that look the same. With all these qualities, it is no wonder that brides prefer to wear them on their D-Day to look special and note worthy on the most important day of their lives.
An ever green choice of every Indian woman, Banarasi brocade sarees are considered fit to be worn by the royalty. It is no wonder then that every Indian bride dreams of owing a real brocade Banarasi silk! Shatika which is the largest online handloom saree store has a vast collection of these authentic brocade silk sarees from Banaras.