Made in Varanasi, an ancient city otherwise known as Banaras, on the banks of the holy river Ganga, these sarees are among the most sought after in India. Present day Banarasi silks are the result of the mix of very different cultures. The Indian silk along with a mix of the Persian motifs, has given us the beautiful saree we know today.
These gorgeous sarees are famous for their gold and silver brocade, immaculately woven silk and beautifully situated embroidery. Intertwined motifs of foliage, flowers and strings of upright leaves called jhallar at the border are very characteristics of these sarees. Banarasi sarees are known for being on the heavier side due to the amount of embellishment like the golden thread work, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, pallu with mina work. We can find pure silk sarees and mixes of Banarasi silk with other materials such as organza and dupion. Each mix presents a slightly different texture and sheen, which alters the look of the overall ensemble. These sarees get passed down from generation to generation as a beautiful heirloom to be cherished for a long time.