The “Hushed Trace” of Acclaimed Banarasi Sarees.

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Jul 6, 2017 // By:admin // 1 comment

The land of sovereignty, assorted culture, and their customary values are reflected in the Indian horizon. The Indian women and their fondness towards traditional and rich jewelry pieces, their simplest form of grooming and mesmerizing women’s clothing in the refined saree yards told much not only about their outer beauty but also the natural charm underneath their skin. One of the glorious yards whispering its antiquity till today’s neoteric times and rules the women’s heart is the stunning drapery of Banarasi Saree.


When the legacy of this drape is so well-heeled, it is indeed hard to put up in words to describe its beauty. But looking back at the antique lanes from where this luxurious drape traveled till today deserves the specific attention and being proud of. The vibrant roots of Banarasi Silk originate from the city of Varanasi also known as Banaras in Uttar Pradesh, India. This city of Banaras has an important and age-old legacy of weaving. The Indian ancient mythology of Mahabharata and religious scripts of India mention the evidence of Banarasi Saree. The seasoned Buddhist texts also remark the information towards this drapery. The yard entered the Indian frame when the Mughal Emperor, Akbar brought this fabric and art to India. He had a special attention to the intricacy and unique craftsmanship such as his delicately adorned turban with emeralds and elaborated floral motifs, Persian wine, his fine crafted sword and his wives dressed in regal silk sarees with gold and silver zari embellishments in beautiful Mughal inspired motifs on them. Thus the Banarasi sarees got the fusion of Persian art in Indian silk.


When coming to the manufacturing process of this regal yard it involves expert artistry, concentration, patience, and dedication. A squad of three artisans holds hands to concentrate on single banarasi saree. The saree produced on the handlooms takes approximately from 15 days to a month. This duration may even exceed to 6 months if the designs are more intricate. If a particular banarasi saree has to be made as exclusive with the more delicate patterns, it may stretch to a year. The power loom manufactured banarasi saree, are cutting the time & labor. But the final product lacks the originality as seen in handloom produced. The motifs used on the saree are the beautiful Mughal and Persian inspired patterns such as floral, string of upright leaves called as “Jhallar”, Jali work (Net) which were inspired by the traditional Islamic architecture. It was considered that the designs on the saree were an attempt to create the essence of paradise (Jannat) on them. The varieties of banarasi sarees are categorized as Organza (Kora) with silk & zari, georgette & shattir and pure silk (Katan). The most popularized variety is the pure silk banarasi saree. As per the design point of view, the sarees are distinguished as tanchoi, vaskat, cutwork, jangla, tissue and butidar. An original Banarasi saree consists of 5600 thread wires and the width should be 45 inches at least. The weaving of warp yarns, the craftsmen create a base of 24 -26-meter base. The most adored feature in banarasi saree is that it has a heavy embellishment of gold and silver. With the numerous fake pieces available in the market, look out for the ones who provide the geographical indication certification for authentic Banarasi Brocade sarees.


Banarasi saree depicts a royal wardrobe history of India and has emerged as the classic drapery which should be owned by every woman. This timeless drape is sure going to lift you up beautifully for the occasion.

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  1. Very well explained.Enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks for sharing

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