A Blend of the Mughal and Indian - How Much Do You Know About A Banarasi Saree?

Banarasi Sarees, with their intricate weaving, opulent designs, and rich cultural heritage, hold a special place in the world of Indian textiles. These timeless creations are a perfect amalgamation of Mughal artistry and Indian craftsmanship. Let’s explore the fascinating history and exquisite designs of Banarasi Sarees.

The History and Heritage of Banarasi Sarees:

Banarasi Sarees trace their roots back to the city of Varanasi (formerly known as Banaras) in Uttar Pradesh, India. The weaving tradition of Banarasi Sarees dates back to the Mughal era when Persian artisans migrated to India and brought with them their intricate weaving techniques. Over time, these techniques blended with Indian aesthetics and craftsmanship, giving rise to the exquisite Banarasi Sarees we know today.

Intricate Weaving Techniques:

What sets Banarasi Sarees apart is their intricate weaving using gold and silver threads, known as zari. The zari work is typically made of fine silk threads wrapped with gold or silver metallic yarn, which adds a touch of grandeur and richness to the saree. The weaving process involves meticulous craftsmanship, with motifs like floral patterns, Mughal-inspired designs, and intricate brocades adorning the saree's fabric.

Types of Banarasi Sarees:

Banarasi Sarees come in various types, each with its unique characteristics and weaving styles. Some popular types include:

1. Pure Silk Banarasi Sarees:


These sarees are made entirely of pure silk and are known for their luxurious texture and exquisite craftsmanship. The intricate designs, often inspired by Mughal architecture and nature, are meticulously woven into the fabric.

2. Organza Banarasi Sarees:

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Organza  Banarasi sarees are made with lightweight and sheer organza fabric. They are favored for their elegant appeal and delicate motifs, making them a popular choice for special occasions.

3. Georgette Banarasi Sarees:


Georgette Banarasi sarees offer a blend of silk and georgette fabric, resulting in a lightweight yet lustrous drape. They are known for their intricate brocade work and are perfect for both formal and semi-formal events.

WeaverStory celebrates the art of Banarasi weaving and offers a captivating collection of these magnificent sarees - 

1. Banarasi Sarees: Explore the exquisite range of Banarasi Sarees that showcase intricate zari work, rich colors, and classic motifs. These sarees are a timeless choice for weddings, festivals, and other celebratory occasions. 


tYou must get yourself the  Handloom Pista Green Cotton Tissue Banarasi Saree With Zari Boota. Its elegance is infused in the subtle hues of green cotton tissue fabric which flawlessly complements the royalty and luxury that exude from the intricately crafted gold and silver zari boota that are richly decorated all over the saree’s body.

Another great recommendation is the  Wine Katan Silk Handloom Banarasi Saree with Floral Jaal and Tissue Weft Border.  It has a heavy Jangla design all over with a broad Zari border and comes with a matching blouse piece.

2. Banarasi Dupattas: Complete your ensemble with a beautiful Banarasi silk dupatta from  Weaverstory These intricately woven dupattas feature the signature zari work and add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Pair them with a simple kurta or dress to instantly elevate your look.


You can check out the Peach Handloom Pure Georgette Banarasi Dupatta With Cutwork Jaal.  The zari work on the dupatta, the selection of the pattern and the color combination together make it a surreal piece of attire that you can never say no to. 

Another gorgeous dupatta you can add to your wardrobe is the Black Handloom Pure Georgette Banarasi Dupatta With Cutwork Jaal. The intricate weaving of the patterns, the richness of the zari and the timelessness of the colour black makes this handloom pure georgette Banarasi dupatta with cutwork jaal a statement piece of accessory you wouldn't mind owning.

Banarasi fabric has found its place in the wardrobe of the modern woman. While Banarasi Sarees have long been associated with traditional occasions, the fabric itself has evolved to cater to the diverse fashion needs of today's women. Designers are experimenting with Banarasi fabric to create contemporary silhouettes such as lehengas, gowns, and fusion wear, bridging the gap between tradition and modernity. The allure of Banarasi fabric lies in its ability to add a touch of elegance, opulence, and cultural heritage to any outfit, making it a favorite choice for fashion-forward women who appreciate the fusion of timeless craftsmanship with contemporary style. Whether it's a Banarasi fabric blouse paired with jeans or a Banarasi skirt with a trendy crop top, the modern woman embraces the versatility of Banarasi fabric to express her unique style while paying homage to the rich textile heritage of India.

The incorporation of Banarasi fabric into Western-style garments, accessories, and red-carpet ensembles has propelled its influence and recognition in the fashion industry. Celebrities and fashion icons have embraced Banarasi fabric, further elevating its status and making it a symbol of timeless glamour. Collaborations between Indian artisans and international fashion brands have provided economic empowerment while showcasing the craftsmanship of Banarasi fabric. The fusion of tradition and modernity in Banarasi fabric has transcended cultural boundaries, becoming a beloved choice for fashion-conscious individuals worldwide and cementing its enduring impact on the world of style and design.

Banarasi Sarees are a testament to the rich heritage of Indian textiles, combining the artistry of Mughal craftsmanship with Indian aesthetics.. Whether you choose a traditional silk saree or a contemporary interpretation, the allure of Banarasi Sarees remains timeless. 

WeaverStory not only showcases a diverse range of Banarasi Sarees but also supports the weavers and artisans behind these exquisite creations. They contribute to the sustenance of traditional weaving techniques and the empowerment of skilled artisans. Embrace the grace, elegance, and cultural heritage of Banarasi Sarees at  Weaverstory dedicated to promoting the artistry of Indian weavers and preserving the rich textile heritage of the country. Together celebrate the artistry of Indian weavers. 

Author - Mannat Kalra