The elegant touch of banarasi sarees was ever cherished by women of all kinds. The craft of ancient Banaras has seen kingdoms fall and rise, a nation of vivid cultures getting knotted into one and its women evolve and change. Through splendid craftsmanship and the creation of different types, banarasi sarees also found their way to the wardrobes of modern women in India.
Different types of banarasi sarees
Banarasi Katan Silk Sarees:
The soft and fine silks created by twisting together filaments of silk threads to create a sturdier and durable fabric forming the Katan silk sarees. Banarasi brides are more beautiful when they embrace the touch of banarasi kantan silk sarees
Banarasi Khaddi Georgette Chiffon Sarees:
Georgette, the evergreen synthetic fabric blends with banarasi silk threads to form soft and flowing banarasi khaddi georgette chiffon sarees. The light and easy to handle sarees finds a place in every woman's trousseau.
Banarasi Raw Silk Sarees:
The basic raw form of banarasi silk fabric without any mix or blend of other fabrics are used to make the beautiful and pure raw silk banarasi sarees.
Organza/Kora Silk Sarees:
The thinnest of all banarasi weaves, kora silk or banarasi organza sarees adorn every woman in a simple and elegant way. An organza saree is a must to have in your saree options.
Caring tips for your banarasi silk sarees
1. Use cold water to wash your banarasi silk saree. (Dry wash is recommended)
2. Add mild detergent or shampoo to the water.
3. Soak the saree for 5 minutes.
4. After soaking gently rinse the saree.
5. Never brush or rub your saree, even doing gently could make the threads of the saree spring out
6. Never wring your banarasi silk saree.
7. Dry them under shade.
8. Saree covers or muslin bags are recommended to store your precious saree.
Take care of your precious banarasi silk sarees for them to last long without any damage.
What are banarasi sarees known for?
Varanasi the city of temples and silk was known as Banaras - the ancient city lending its name to the silk woven there. With a mention in the Mahabharata and in the Buddhist scriptures in the first millennium, Banarasi sarees are known for its roots running into the rich cultural history of India. Originally crafted exclusively for the royalty, every Banarasi saree was created from gold and silver threads, taking as much as a year to make. The weaves then diverged to form many types of banarasi sarees.