The Banarasi silk sarees are a staple of Indian weddings and celebrations. It makes every effort to give any celebrations a touch of opulence. Each fabric, whether it comes from Banaras or Varanasi, two historic cities in India, has a unique history to share silk sarees predominantly weaved in Banaras are unique to the Kanjivaram silk saree. The Kanjivaram silk sarees have a pinti, the joint between the pallu and the body, while the Banarasi silk sarees weaving pattern is slightly different. They have a narrow fringe pattern on the outer and inner borders known as Jhhalar.
Banarasi silk saree comes in various varieties: organza, satin borders, jangla, Brocades, Tanchoi, cutwork, and Resham butidar are a few of them. With the weaving designs on a Banarasi silk saree inspired from Mugal culture, golden and silver Zaris are used to weave the designs of flowers and motifs. The intricately detailed and beautiful motifs are called Kalga or Bel. It takes almost fifteen days to six months to weave a gorgeous piece of 6 yards Banarasi wonder.
Along with the opulent embroidery and engravings, the compact weaving has metallic visual effects and goldwork. Mina work, an intricate intertwining of foliate and floral motifs, adds further lustre to the silk saree.
The intricate weaving patterns used to create Banarasi silk sarees are plentiful. Ektara, Khadiyal, Kadhwa and Phekwa are a few of the patterns used . Kadiyal is an ancient three shuttle weaving technique used to create contrasting borders in a saree while Ektara is used to weave a mesh-like structure that does not crumple easily. In Kadhwa weaving, every motif is woven separately. This complicated technique needs two weavers, one to weave the body of the saree and the other to create an embroidery motif. In the Phekwa weaving pattern, the weft yarn is interlaced in the warp from one end to the other to create a marvellous texture called zamin on the cloth.
In ancient times, real gold and silver threads adorned the Banarasi silk sarees made for the royal family. However, now to make them coloured, gold and silver threads are used. It requires meticulous teamwork to create a Banarasi silk saree. Each silk saree is approximately 45 inches wide and has 5,600 threads. Available in a wide array of vibrant hues, this gorgeous Banarasi silk saree is a must-have addition to your wardrobe.
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