TALES 》 Banarasi Sarees
The heart and soul of very weaver lies the intricacies
On the banks of holy river Ganga in Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh state of North India,
a spiritual city called Varanasi, this city is also called by the name Kashi, Benares
and Banaras. Its a major religious hub, Hindus believe that death in the city will
bring salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is Among the twelve Jyotirlingas.
A Banarasi saree is a saree made in Varanasi, these Banarasi sarees became more popular during the Mughal era. Its not a simple and easy tasks to weave these sarees, much of unity, team work is involved, atleast three craftsmen work together to make up one saree, ha that's passion. One of the basic Banarasi saree would take around 15 days to a month and sometimes more time to finish and more intricate ones sometimes up to six months to complete. Banaras Brocades and sarees gets GI tag, the language of communication for people here is Hindi and Urdu.
These exquisitely crafted beauties are available in varieties in Banarasi saree can be found in mediums such as
- Banarasi (Katan)pure silk sarees
- Banarasi silk chiffon saree
- Banarasi Tussar silk saree
- Banarasi cotton sarees
- Banarasi Georgette sarees
- Banarasi Shattir
- Banarasi Organza(Kora) silk saree with zari
Based on the design process, they are divided into categories
- Tanchoi brocades
- Zari/Amni brocades
- Tissue brocades
The harmony of Motifs
The mind blowing creepers, buties, border, anchal(pallu) gives a saree glamourous look but original classic Banarasi sarees were embellished with authentic gold and silver threads for the 'Royal families', but in recent years the newer versions of Banarasi sarees are made affordable to everyone and are replaced by gold and silver colored threads. Few motifs which are seen in these sarees are Kamal known as Lotus motifs, gulab known as rose motifs, Daffodil motifs, Nilambari motifs, Genda buti known as Marigold motifs, Peacock motifs, paisley Motifs, Angoor means grapes motifs, Chameli known as Jasmine motif, tircha means diagonally striped motif, Panna hazar means thousand emeralds motifs, tara known as star motif, ashrafi known as circular coin-shaped motif, paan buti means betel nut leaves motif, these are mostly seen in gold and silver motifs and many more to add to this endless list.
Shopping in Banarasi
Few known best Banarasi products which one can shop when you visit this place are Banarasi silk Sarees, Banarasi stoles, Banarasi dupattas, Banarasi muffler, stone carved curios, Banarasi silk dhotis, Banarasi scarfs, Banarasi dress materials, Banarasi lehenga, Ganga Jal or the Holy water of Ganga, home furnishing, wall hanging, gulabi minakari, cushion covers and runners, perfumes, ivory works, copperware, wooden toys as Varanasi souvenirs, glass bangles, napkins, table covers, mats, Bhadohi carpets, Rudraksha mala(Indian rosary), brassware, curtains, Shivalinga made out of stone or crystal, exquisite gold jewellery, clay toys and last a dessert called Lal pedha.
Inspired by Game of Thrones this season, what a way to start, chuckles! Their black and white squares that resembles a chess board, oh yeah I am talking about Pasapali handloom sarees, from Bargarh district of Odisha, the name Pasapali is derived from pasa or gambling games using chess board, these gorgeous sarees have intricate checks patterns of contrast colors resembling the chess boards which gives it such name and traditional square design. Its a feast for any saree connoisseur to have one. Masterpieces sarees are woven in the regions of Barpali, Sonepur and Baunshri.
I am huge fan of Banjara jewelry which are antique yet collectables, their most flamboyant and mind-blowing costumes one goes crazy and highly appreciated, they still follow the rich and age old traditional art forms, which are been reflected in their art work, especially hand embroidery requires lot of time and patience and its laborious. These tribes speak Lamani language/Goar-boali it is also called as Banjari language. One can see Banjara tribes in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat in these places they are widely spread across.
Kasaragod district is a small town situated in Malabar Region of Kerala–God's Own Country, India. The traditional Hand-loom Kasargode sarees are manufactured in this region, these Handwoven sarees is inexpensive and can be wearable daily. These traditional ethnic sarees are specially treasured and worn by every keralite during any traditional occasions and are known for 'quality', 'colour pattern on borders', 'durability' and 'traditional designs'. Kasaragod sarees are best known for cotton sarees of fine count like 60s, 80s, and 100s , recent versions have made available for a blend of artificial silk saree. Kasaragod sarees is registered and recognized under Geographical indication tag (GI tag), under the geographical indication Act- 1999. The weaving community who are involved in weaving these traditional sarees are 'Shaliya community' is also known by various names such as 'Saliya' or 'Chaliyan'.
Flooded with an unlimited supply of so-called duplicate, replicated and imitation Mysore silk sarees in the local wholesale market saying it is a pure Mysore silk saree, how far it is true? let us just imagine a current per gram gold price is said three thousand and above, so in original Mysore silk saree, they use extensively use gold and silver zari, how can you get a Mysore silk saree worth less than a ten thousand(INR)? This is a logically based question that many fail to think before you invest and spend your hard earned money on fake silk sarees.
Venkatagiri is a small town situated in Nellore district, Andhra pradesh state, India. History of venkatagiri sarees dates back to 1700s, during the rule of Venkatagiri, the masterweaver handcrafted these sarees, specially curated for queens, royal ladies and zamindaris. These sarees were purchased for such handsome amounts that the weavers could survive with that sum of money for almost a year until they got their next order. Exclusive designs were made by the weavers on special order for the upper class only. Much of a boost and encouragement given to these sarees, by the Velugoti dynasty of Nellore and also by the Bobbili and Pithapuram dynasties, back then.
Florals are back again this season when fashion consultants start a trend to get back all the blossom floral prints time again new fashion vibes to take off...Here is a fresh light weight floral printed silk saree, which is featherweight, easy to drape and which does not go out of fashion!
Lotus(Nelumbo Nucifera) is a very ancient water plant. Lotus is one of the popular motifs used in Indian textiles, motifs are generally inspired by nature, human figures, architecture from buildings and animals so on, this flower occupies a unique place in Indian art, textiles, poetry, literature, religions purposes and mythology of ancient India. Although this flower is rooted in mud, it continues to float on the water even after emerging from the mud, it remains unstained! The flower is represented with both its opening and closing petals indicating the ups and downs of life. In fact many Hindus are infatuated with lotus flowers, Gorgeous Lotus are called by varies names such as Kamal, Tavare-gadde, Motunkamal, Utpala, Pundarika, Tamarai and Padma and are found in white, pink, red, purple and blue are found in Asian countries.
A couple of years back when I traveled to the ancient city Madurai, I visited this historic Hindu temple called Meenakshi Amman temple in Tamil Nadu, the architecture and the art impressed me! In the temple streets, I had a glance of wonderful cotton sarees which was showcased, I knew before visiting Madurai about Sungadi cotton sarees, but you get to see other versions of saree which not much many of them are aware in that place, basically it is a simple cotton saree in contrast shade.