9 Facts About Banarasi Silk Sarees

  • As the name represents, the handloom sarees are made by traditional artisans of Varanasi (also known as Banaras). This is one of the most famous handloom silk sarees of India.
  • Banarasi Silk Sarees are handmade using very fine variety of silk thread originated from the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Banarasi Silk Sarees are known for its gold, silk and zari handwork and also for its heavy embroidery work.
  • The origin of Banarasi Silk Sarees date back to the Mughal Dynasty. Mughals brought this fine craftsmanship in India.
  • The threads used in weaving the Banarasi Saree is original gold and silver threads. 
  • Banarasi Silk Sarees takes around 15 to 45 days to complete, as they totally hand weaved by skilled artisans of India. Traditional machinery is used by the weavers of Banaras.
  • Banarasi saree is heavy due to its rich embroidery and the real gold and silver threads used and also the heavy zari embroidery work on the saree.
  • It is worn by Indian women on special occasions only, like marriage ceremony and festivals because it is quite heavy and hard to carry in everyday use.
  • Banarasi Saree can be categorised as Pure Silk (Katan), Organza (Kora), Georgette and Shattir. The differentiation factor is the type of fabric, threads and type of embroidery done on the sarees.


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