Patronised by the Mughals way back in 14th century, the magnificent Banarasi saree from the city of Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is one of the most distinguished weaves in India. Famed for its intricate patterns and designs, these sarees started out as favourites among the royalty. Known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, rich embroidery and fine silk, Banarasi sarees are considered a prized possession in royal heirlooms and a must have in modern women’s bridal trousseau.
Benarasi silk is fine and soft, and is sometimes blended with cotton. It is also blended with high twist silk sometimes, to make the soft fabric a little crisp. These sarees come in a variety of styles like Butidar, Jangla, Tissue, Tanchoi, Vaskat and Cutwork, each unique and beautiful in its own right. Artisans can take anywhere from 15 days to 6 months to painstakingly create a single Benarasi silk saree.
With the unparalleled radiance that it exudes, it’s no surprise that the Benarasi saree is an obvious choice for Indian brides. Perfect for occasions like weddings and large, formal events, these sarees are ideal for night time. Wear them when the weather isn’t too hot because the weight of the fabric can make you feel a little warm.
Bring home this timeless drape and add that royal touch to your wardrobe. With handwoven gold and silver details, a Benarasi saree gives you a taste of the grandeur of the Mughal era.