About Benarasi Sarees

Benaras weaves are synonymous with rich, heavily patterned fabrics. Mostly silks, they often incorporate zari - gold or silver threads. The range of Benaras weaves, and the skills of the Benaras weavers, are not found in any other single weaving center in the country.
Banarasi silk sarees are still considered to be one of finest traditional saris. It has actually been well known for its designing and gold as well as silver brocade or the ‘Zari and history of this art goes back to Mughal Era.

Craft's Story

Banarasi silk is an unmatched example of excellent artistry. Mughals brought this fine craftsmanship in India. Mughals also tried their best to glorify the art of weaving and designing. During the course of that act, they inspired few craftsmen to work in intricate art of weaving. It was the beginning of Sari weaving art. In addition, at that particular time, Persian motifs were being mixed up with the Indian customary attire.

Do you know :

  • The saree making is a cottage industry for about 1.2 million people associated directly or indirectly with the hand loom silk industry of the region around Varanasi.
  • An Artist takes around 10-15 days of Intensive hand weaving work and high quality Zari finishing to present you an exquisite piece of art that is Benarasi saree.
  • No 2 Handwoven sarees are the same even though the technique, material design and weaving craftsman maybe one and the same, there will be some or other minor natural hand process difference.
  • Texture speaks. Handlooms are soft to the touch, while power loom fabrics tend to have a rougher feel. There is no uniformity in weave. Variations and uneven finish are part of the charm. But then that’s the beauty and exclusivity of a Handloom Saree.