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.
Embroidery being a needle craft, with colorful yarns to make varies design and patterns and to enhance the beauty fabric, this beautiful ancient handmade embroidery called Phulkari, is from Punjab, which is regarded as very auspicious for brides during marriage ceremonies and newborns.
Kollegala is also called as 'Silk City' and renowned for its handloom silk saree industry, much popular for reeling and twisting of silk. Silk weaving is the tradition in many parts of our country, almost each the state has its own cluster, the majority of the weaving skills are been heirlooms.
A small town called Shantipur, also called by Santipur, Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Santipur is famous for handloom sarees from ancient times, this place and surrounding region has been famous for handloom sarees. Shantipur sarees are also called by name Santipore saree. This place is famous for handloom sarees from ancient times and elegant designs inspired from nature and especially known for its superfine dhoti and handloom saree with jacquard design. In this place, they generally use 'fly shuttle' frame looms filted with jacquard invariably used in Shantipur. Graceful looking sarees have been granted and awarded GI tag(Santipore Saree). To weave double-sided design they use Do-Rookha technique, the front and the reverse side of the saree looks extractly the same.
In Indian textiles, the heirloom weaves were much given influential value, the deep understanding was to appreciate inherent skill which was passed several generations.
Here is a sample of a traditional Handloom Bangalore silk saree which adds the loop for its artistically woven checks, fine mulberry silk which is a featherweight. Royal purple with a blend of Manjal shot adds the traditional lookbook, the aged designs and motifs are been inspired from nature and from ancient temples Hindu architecture. Experience this magnificent saree.
Kanchipuram is also known as Kanchi/Kachiped/Kancheepuram. Kanchipuram is a district in the northeast of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Kanchipuram nickname is called as The City of Thousand Temples and served as the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom.
The south Indian women are not complete without a lustrous Kanchipuram saree. With bright contrasting borders. During occasions such as Diwali (or Deepavali), Pongal, weddings and festivals, only Upper-caste families used to purchase of many silk saris. Current trends on Kanchipuram sarees, silver is being used in addition to gold. The famous 'Kamakshi Amman Temple' is a must if you are visiting Kanchipuram place the deity here is Parvati.
Summer is nearing, how about floating in air with breathtaking saree, looking for what to wear, here is the beautiful handwoven 'Kota Doria' are the best for the reason, when I wore Kota saree, It feels like, I'm floating, transparent, featherweight, soft, airy, light textured, such a beauty it is, these cosy sarees are very fine weaves and weigh very less and comfort, these gorgeous sarees are handwoven on 'traditional pit looms' and drape gracefully. This village called 'Kaithoon' twenty kms from Kota city, the weavers are located in Kota district of South east 'Rajasthan'. Kota Sarees are primarily made in Kota, Rajasthan, Mau, Uttar Pradesh as well.
In this particular saree video the grace of Peach Pink shot with Watermelon shade is so graceful, a fancy version of Banarasi saree, inexpensive as well. At a glance, you can see how simple and outstanding the charm one should cherish.
Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal, produced in Dhaka District, Bangladesh for centuries. Jamdani originally known as 'Dhakai' named after the city of Dhaka, is called by varies names such as popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or simply Dhakai. The word ‘jamdani’ is believed to be of Persian origin, 'Jam', meaning flower and 'Dani' meaning vase or a container, named after decorative floral patterns which discovered from Dhakai textile. This unique hand technique of weaving was called jamdani in the old days, while the weave was called Dhakai, these sarees are traditionally woven around on the brocade loom. These beautiful intricate weaves are available in mediums such as cotton and silk. One of the most expensive product of Dhaka looms, Jamdani requires the most dedicated and passionate weaver and during olden days only royal families were able to afford such luxuries.
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 beautiful city in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh state, India known for its renowned cotton, splendorous silk weaving industries and leather puppets, Dharmavaram. According to the history notes, name of the city Dharmavaram ,has been named after 'Dharmamba', who was the mother of Sri Kriyasakthi Odeyar (person, who built the first tank in the region). The economy of the town is dependent on the weaving industry. Natives of this place speak Telugu(regional language). Dharmavaram sarees is been registered as one of the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh.
Appearance during Weddingbells, Ceremonies as guest how special it would be? It is believed to be more powerful than Lion, Tiger or elephant, often sculpted in the walls and pillars, seen in south Indian temples and many a times seen in entrance of temples and homes to keep away evil.
It is called by varies names such as Yali, Vyala, Vidala in Sanskrit and Leogryph (part lion and part griffin)in English. In iconography mythical beast Yali is portrayed as head of a Lion, tusks of an elephant(gaja), catlike elegant body, tail of a serpent(snake) and they became much prominent in south Indian sculptures during 16th century. Even the masterweavers of Kanchipuram are inspired by traditional motifs inspired by temple art, the luxury mulberry silks are handcrafted in Yali motifs.
Each thread narrates of a story that weaves into a magical saree, red hot Guntur city lies on the south eastern side of Hyderabad in Guntur district of Indian, state of Andhra Pradesh. This city residents are referred as Gunturians, purest forms of the language can be heard here is Telugu(regional language). One can see largest Asian market for red chillies here, this place is main producer and renowned globally for exporting of most varieties of Chillies and chilli powder from India to countries like USA, UK, Latin America, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Korea. Guntur sarees are known for finest cotton sarees, these sarees are worn by particularly in the coastal areas it's so simple and sober, which feels comfortable for everyday wearing. Main body of Guntur saree has single plain colors and patterns scattered here and there, with or without checks patterns and has small woven butis all over.