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The Heritage Of Banarasi Silk Sarees, History & Care

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Banarasi Silk Sarees are one of the finest Saree collections in India. The Silver/Golden Zari or brocade work makes it more unique and authentic. The name Banarasi Silk saree came from the heritage city Banaras also known as Varanasi or Kashi. The City knows for its Banarasi silk and holy river Ganga. The city is also known as the Spiritual Capital of India. The Bararasi craft has been performed by various artisans throughout generations.

Beautiful Yellow and Pink shade Banarasi Silk from Kolour donned by Model


Making of Barasari Silk Sarees


In the initial time, Banarasari Silk Sarees are hand-loomed with Banarasi silk thread and Zari. As it has been hand-loomed it took around 15 to 20 days to make a single finest Saree. Banarsi Saree is having Golden or Silver Zari work. In modern-day of technology now Banarasi Saree has been loomed by machines that have significantly speed up the making process of Saree. Now in a day hundreds of Sarees can be loomed by machines. Banaras is considered the origin of Barasari Silk Saree. Banaras or Varanasi or Kashi – is the holy city from Utterpradeshthe state of India. Banarasi saree is a little bit thick compared to other sarees and that makes it a little bit heavy. The normal weight of the Banarasi saree range from 800gms to 1800 gms based on the work present on it. Apart from that these sarees are in the length of 6 to 6.3 Meter in length.

Different Shades of Banarasi Zari Silk saree with heavy embroidery blouse


Different Types of Banarasi Silk Sarees


There are different types of Banarasi Silk Sarees and those are mainly categorized based on fabrics and design techniques in it.

Types of Banarasi Sarees by their fabric includes:​

  • Banarasi Katan Silk Saree or Katan Benarasi

  • Banarasi georgette sarees or Banarasi khaddi Georgette Saree

  • Banarasi Sarees on Shattir fabric

  • Banarasi Chiffon Saree

  • Organza Banarasi Saree or Banarasi Kora Silk Saree

  • Linen Banarasi Saree

​Type of Banasari Saree by its design techniques includes:

  • Jangla Banarasi Saree

  • Tanchoi Banarasi Saree

  • Butidar Banarasi Saree

  • Cutwork Banarasi Saree

  • Jamdani Saree

  • Tissue Banarasi Saree



Colors or Shades of Banarasi Saree:

Banarasi Saree comes in all the color shades but based on the occasion one can select a color. The preferred color of Banarasi Silk saree for marriage is Red whereas the preferred Saree color during the Mehendi ceremony is Yellow. In any color combination, these Sarees give a very rich look.


Banarasi Saree Zari Work:

Banasari Saree is known for its Zari work, Zari is also known as brocade.

  1. Golden Zari: Golden Thread is used for making the work over the saree. Mainly the border part of Saree will contain the Zari work. The combination of Zari with the Saree work gives a different experience when someone wore it.

  2. Silver Zari: Silver Thread is used for making the work over the saree. Again the border of part of Saree will mainly contain the zari work. Based on choice and color combination, one can go for SIlver Zari work or Golder Zari work.



How to take care of Banarasi Silk Saree at home:


It's equally important to take care of your Banarasi Saree so that it will last for long with the grace present in it. Below are few precautionary measures one can follow

  • It is always recommended to do a patch test wash before washing the full Banarasi silk Saree.

  • Always use cold water to wash Saree, as hot water may impact the shining of Saree.

  • Soak Saree in mild detergent or shampoo water for 5 to 7 min. Post that it can be rinsed.

  • Never use a brush or rub your Saree, as it could make the threads of the saree spring out

  • Make sure Saree is dry under the shade rather than direct sun contact for a long time.

  • Saree covers or muslin bags are recommended to store your precious saree.

  • While ironing the saree, iron it from the reverse side.


Banarasi Saree Collection at Kolour


Kolour is an emerging online platform that provides different varieties of Banarasi silk Saree. They are also known for low-cost products and the best customer experience on online platforms. Now you can stop wondering where to find silk saree online, just visit Kolour and you can get access to a wide range of collections. The Banarasi silk saree prices at Kolour range from just Rs. 1400 to Rs. 6000.

Do visit the Kolour Banarasi Silk Sarees collection and get a real feel of Saree with an affordable range. Kolour provides Free Shipping, Easy Exchange.





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