Did You Know about Banarasi Saree?
- A Banarasi sari is a sari made in Varanasi, an ancient city which is also called Benares (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.
- Their special characteristics 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 saris.
- Other features are gold work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, pallus, jal (a net like pattern), and mina work.
- The saris are often part of an Indian bride’s selection.
- Depending on the intricacy of its designs and patterns, a sari can take from 15 days to a month and sometimes up to six months to complete.
- Banarasi saris are mostly worn by Indian women on important occasions such as when attending a wedding and are expected to be complemented by the woman’s best jewelry.