Amongst a lot of silk sarees that we know of, the ones that are known for its rich embroidery and motifs is banarasi sarees. There must not be anyone who hasn’t heard of these Sarees. Banarasi Sarees are Sarees made in Varanasi, a city which is also called Benares or Banaras. The saris are among the finest saris in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven Silk and are decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.
The saris are often part of an Indian bride's trousseau.
There are four main varieties of Banarasi sari, which includes pure silk (Katan), Organza (Kora) with Zari and silk; Georgette, and Shattir, and according to design process, they are divided into categories like, Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskat, Cutwork, Tissue and Butidar.
Babarasi Sarees are known form their grandeur. Since ages these sarees are considered to be a mark of elegancy and richness. The credit goes to the finely woven silk and the detailed and intricate design. Vedic scriptures the manufacturing of banarasi sarees to be before the Mughals.
These Saree have been part of the culture and the exclusive things found in India. Woman from all over the country and also around the globe are found of the banarasi saree. The gold and silver zari, brocade and embroidery makes the Saree heavy, making it the ideal choice for weddings and other such occasions. The intricate design is spreaded more on the pallu of the saree, which makes the pallu attractive. Setting itself ahead with the trend the Banarasi work has gone through some evolution and today, not just sarees, but this beautiful zari work is seen on blouses and banarasi lehenga sarees.
The use of pure gold and silver in the weaving of Banarasi sarees in olden days were affordable only to the royal families. But in recent years to make the saree affordable to the general population, gold and silver coloured thread is used to do the weaving. The popularity of these Sarees has spread all over the world, making it highly exported in foreign markets.
It’s a thing to be proud of, that the beauty of this saree has withstood the changes in fashion and trends, and till date the demand for the Banarasi sarees is increasing.