Banarasi sarees are world famous for their royal look and rich feel. These
sarees are a combination of style, beautiful craftwork and good quality.
'Banarasi Saree' is considered to be the Indian 'SUN' in the world of
fashion and has been a subject of great inspiration and appreciation
world-wide. It was in the Mughal era Baranasi saree came into popularity and
since then it has retained its fashion recognition. Today, this Indian
fashion sari has witnessed a continuous growth in demand in both Indian and
International markets. Produced in banaras and few small towns of Uttar
Pradesh in India, Banarasi sarees have become one of the most popular
Indian women . Indian Banarasi sarees joins the club of protected goods and
have received a Geographical Indication (GI) status by the government of
With the grant of GI tag, it is to be noted that no saree or brocade made
outside the six identified districts of Uttar Pradesh can be sold under the
name of Banaras Saree. This will protect the producers of pure banarasi silk
sarees from sarees produced in other regions but sold under the tag of
Fabrics in Banarasi Sarees
There are mainly four varieties of
Benarasi saree available today. They are
- Pure silk (katan)
- Organza (kora) with zari and silk
Designs and Motifs of Indian Banarasi Sarees
The Banarasi silk
saree is popular for its rich and intricate weave and zari work. Banarasi
Sarees have persian designs of the Mughal era with original gold and silver
threads . Though today, the gold and silver threads are used in small
proportions, they are replaced by fine quality zari or resham thread. The
brocade that is used in producing these sarees are Amru silk brocades which
are world famous. Jamvar, Navrangi (nine colors), Jamdani etc. are other
brocade types from the range of Banarasi sarees. Some of the designs on the
body of a banaresi sarees are as follows:
- Benarasi saris often depict scenes of villages, fairs, flowers,
dancing monkeys and clouds. Traditional designs remain the base appeal
for Benarasi sarees.
- There are also temple and mosque designs. They come up in all shades.
- Most brocades usually have designs that exhibit Mughal patterns such
as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel.
- A distinct feature found along the inner, and sometimes outer, edge
of borders in this saree is a narrow fringe like pattern that often
looks like a string of upright leaves called jhallr.
- The pallus of these sarees have elaborate designs woven in zari, gold
and multicolor thread which lend the sari its elegance.
- Its major attraction lies in colorful dying of silk fabric.
Owing to its beautiful designs and colors, a banarasi silk sari always has
come to occupy a special place among buyers, throughout the world. The
people with rich taste love the beauty and intricate design of the Banarasi
sarees as these are very elegant and gorgeous. The creation of Banarasi
Saree requires time, effort and dedication to churn out beautiful designs
using high quality resham or zari on the fabric. This wondeful cration in
the small town of Varanasi has become one of the most southt after item of
clothing from all over. Indian Benarasi sarees distinctively attracts
attention of the world of fashion.
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