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.
Wash n' Care for Banarasi Saree
Never Machine-wash a sari. A Saree should be either delicately hand washed or dry cleaned.
Dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric.
If you choose to wash the saree at home please wash Pallu and Border separately in the beginning
After two or three plain water washes, use a good detergent and clean quickly. Do not keep the sari soaked in detergent for long.
Do not brush or lash a Silk Saree. This would lead to tearing of the silk or zari
In case of stains, wash with cold water immediately. For hard stains, get the Sari Dry Cleaned.
Do not bundle the wet saree along with other garments liable to cause staining
It is recommended to iron the saree between two pieces of white cloth. It is not recommended to wet the saree prior to ironing or to use a steam iron.
Store Saree in a cool dry place. Do not store silks with zari/metal yarns in plastics , plastics react with and turn the zari dark. Zari will also oxidize if in contact with humid air, they are best protected in cotton lined boxes or covers.
For long-time storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects, storing the silk rolled on a cardboard pipe will prevent creases and hence also prevent the silk from getting cut due to cracking.