Sarees were initially discovered around 100 BC, the first evidence was statues of women draped in saree, later in the 2nd century also many pieces of evidence stated the proof of the variety of sarees in ancient times. Sarees were adorned for their elegance, reputation, and sophistication. Sarees are the oldest traditional attire, which shows signs of origin centuries ago. These are considered around 5000 years old. Today, sarees are worn by women of all ages as beautiful ethnic outfits in India.
The sarees are long pieces of clothing available in different materials, designs, colours, and patterns. Sarees are daily functional garments. Many new technologies are discovered for saree making, but there are still places like Varanasi where people still prepare sarees with hand-weaving methods.
Along with time, sarees have made their way around the world and adopted many designs, patterns, etc. from all around. Though there are tons of varieties of sarees available, the Banarasi saree is every woman's dream drape.
Banarasi saree is mainly known for Bengali bridal wear, but Banarasi sarees are also worn by women from all religions, statuses, etc. Banarasi saree is available in Banarasi saree, Banarasi Silk saree, Banarasi saree, Chiffon Banarasi saree, and many more types. To understand the world of Banarasi saree, you must be familiar with important facts and details about Banarasi sarees.
History of Banarasi Saree
As per Ramayana, the Hindu Mythology, the sarees date back to 1000 to 300 BC. The Banarasi silk which is available today is a mixture of 2 different cultures, Mughals and Indians, but the Banarasi sarees were originally introduced by intricate weaving and creative design of Mughals.
Initially, the raw material that is silk used for weaving Banarasi sarees was imported from China, but in recent times the raw material is imported from southern parts of India.
The two major categories of Indian sarees are traditional bridal and designer sarees.
Features of Banarasi Silk Sarees
Banarasi sarees are loved by many women because of their various textures, colors, designs, patterns, etc.
One of the finest traditional Banarasi sarees is woven in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Banarasi sarees are very finely embroidered and due to these fine and rich embroideries, they become heavy and classy outfits perfect for parties, festivals, wedding functions, etc.
The popularity of Banarasi sarees emerged with its 4 new varieties, Organza also known as Kora, Khaddi Georgette Banarasi saree, Banarasi Satin Saree, and Katan Silk Saree
To create distinct flower patterns of saree, even today, the Indian designs also include Persian motifs. The most popular motifs used are leaves, marigolds, flowers, creepers, marigolds, etc.
The original Banarasi sarees were decorated with real gold and silver formed as thread. These were specially prepared for women of royal families and upper class, but they were not convenient to get for common people.
To make these Banarasi sarees affordable for everyone, the weavers started using a thread of golden and silver colours. Its hand-loomed attractive patterns, designs, etc made it popular all around the world.
Making of a Banarasi Saree
Preparing a Banarasi saree includes a complex design of patterns, etc. which takes 15-30 days to get ready to wear. The process of weaving a saree is time consuming and hard work; usually 3 weavers work on preparing a single saree.
All three perform different work on a single saree, such as one weaves the saree, the second weaver handles the revolving ring in making bundles, and the third weaver works on border designing. As a Banarasi saree is made up of 5600 thread wires 45 inches long, It can be done only by teamwork.
Firstly, after creating a design board using sketching the designs with the color concept on paper, a base of 24-26 inches long is prepared by craftsmen.
Secondly, the punch cards are created with perforated material, to accommodate a single design for the saree. To add the perforated card on the handloom, varieties of colors. threads are used. These cards are added systematically to make sure the main weave gets the right colour and patterns.
Banarasi Saree Design
Along with the varieties of Banarasi saree designs, there are many more varieties available in Banarasi sarees, such as Organza, Satin borders, Tissue, Jangla, Brocades, Tanchoi, Cutwork, and Resham butidar which includes numerous designs of animals, birds, floral, fruit, human figures, and geometric patterns
The weaving of tissue sarees is done with golden Zari Brocade to give the saree a sheen. In tissue sarees, the borders and pallu are designed with self-woven paisleys.
Bridal sarees use brocade threads, silver, silk, and gold in weaving. The Brocade pattern includes a darker shade of gold than silver threads.
The least expensive sarees are cutwork sarees, which are also affordable versions of Jamdani sarees. In cutwork sarees, the cutwork techniques are done on plain texture.
In Tanchoi sarees, the patterns are woven with vibrant weft silk yarns. These sarees include large motifs, decoration of paisleys and criss-cross patterns on borders.
Jangla sarees are created using colorful silk threads, for decoration the jangla sarees include patterns of jungle motifs and vegetation. Due to their intricate design and detailing these Jangla Banarasi sarees are perfectly suited for wedding functions.
Banarasi Saree Fabric Varieties
The major 4 kinds of Banarasi saree fabric are, Georgette, shattir, organza along with décor of zari, silk, and Katan.
The finely woven light fabric, which is made out of crepe yarn is georgette, and that yarn is interwoven with warp and weft. It is mainly used in designing salwar kameez outfit designs, Bollywood sarees, and designer sarees.
The beautiful contemporary and exclusive Banarasi saree designs are produced by shattir fabric.
Organza is a rich woven fabric with unique beautiful brocade patterns and designs produced by using warp and weft. The zari brocade is created by weaving gold and silver thread with silk yarn.
The Banarasi sarees are a dream for every woman, as they are rich and beautiful in designs, patterns, looks, etc. since the Banarasi sarees came, they evolved a lot in designs, patterns, etc. the traditional Banarasi silk sarees are now shipped globally and is a point of attraction for women of all age group and status, etc. the different fabric in Banarasi saree is providing a perfect outfit for different purposes and occasions.
At Mon Amaar, our sole aim is to provide attires that would satisfy the needs of the client.
Our collection of saree outfits is selected based on premium quality, distinct varieties based on culture and traditions and trending designs and patterns. You can choose from a variety available in categories of festive wear, wedding wear, trending sarees and much more.