India is one of the richest when it comes to cultures and traditions. Indians celebrate all the festivals with much pomp and show and believe in going the grand way, no matter what the occasion. Be it down south or up north, every region and state has something spectacular to offer – different cuisines, different rituals, different clothes and so much more.
But there is one thing that binds many women all through threads of elegance and that is the love for sarees. The nine-yard beauty is something all women hold close to their heart. Sarees are not just cloth to be draped around the waist they are much more than that. They have a deeper emotional connect for us, all because of our mothers.
Banarasi sarees are known for their gold and silver zari designs and motifs. It was originally woven for royalty only, as each saree was made with real gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery threads. The detailing was so intricate that back then, they used to take more than a year to finish weaving one saree. But now, there is a variety to choose from.
History of Banarasi Sarees
A Banarasi saree is a saree made in Varanasi, a city which is also called Benares or Banaras. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India. Their special characteristics are Mughal inspired designs such as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel, a string of upright leaves called jhallar at the outer, edge of border is a characteristic of these sarees. Other features are gold work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, pallus, jal – a net like pattern, and mina work.
The traditional Banarasi saree is done with lot of hard work and skilful work using the silk. The saree making is a cottage industry for about 1.2 million people associated directly or indirectly with the hand loom silk industry of the region around Varanasi encompassing Gorakhpur, Chandauli, Bhadohi, Jaunpur and Azamgarh districts. With the migration of silk weavers from Gujarat during the famine of 1603, it is likely that silk brocade weaving started in Banaras in the seventeenth century and developed in excellence during the 18th and 19th century.
Banarasi sarees are an apt choice for all occasions and make you stand out as well. A bright color Banarasi silk saree with beautiful pallu is something you must own.