Women are always fond of outfits. When it is traditional attire, every woman in our country will only choose a saree. Sarees have deep roots of emotional connection with our traditions and beliefs. In other words, they are the epitome of Indian fashion. A saree is not just a six-yard fabric. It’s a hand-woven wonder of 10 people.
There are over 30 different varieties of sarees available in India. Each type of saree is known for its color, jariees, and fabric. Among all these banaras saree, hold a special place in the hearts of Indian women and in their wardrobes.
In my childhood, I wondered why these grown-up ladies are always desperate in piling sarees on their shelves; I even asked my mom and grandmother. They both gave me a typical reply “wearing sarees makes me feel like a queen.” There she began to tell me about the ethnicity of Banaras saree.
History and features of Banaras sarees
Varanasi is a place of vibrance, it is the oldest living city in the world lying on the banks of the Ganga. Out of all, banaras is considered to be the pride of Varanasi. The Mughal dynasty introduced the banaras saree in 1000 BC. The outstanding artistry work of weavers resulted in making kaasi a textile hub. In our days, these sarees were crafted with real gold and silver threads. It takes fifteen days to six months to weave one single saree.
The quality of the saree depends on the silk they wove. These sarees are made with high-quality soft mulberry silk; The raw yarns are procured and dyed based on the requirement. The yarn is dipped, dyed, and rotated with two steel rods. Once after perfectly dying, they are sundried to drain out the excess colors. These yarns are then spun over reels and cones. Then it is fixed in the shuttle for weft. The banaras saree borders mainly feature Mughal motifs, while Kancheepuram silks feature temple, checks, and stripes borders.
Types of banaras saree
There are four varieties of banaras sarees. The difference between them is fabric, weight, and design. The authenticity of the saree can be merely identified by looking at the reverse side of the saree. Banarasi Sarees made on a loom will always have floats within the warp and weft grids, while machine-woven sarees will have a smooth finish.
While I was listening to her words keenly, My granny paused for a second. Giving a bizarre stare at her, I turned back to my mom. She had a bright lustrous red saree in her hand. Yes, it is banaras saree.
She pulled me towards her and made me wear the saree. The moment I held the saree, I felt a sense of pride. Every single time it touched my body, I felt the essence of heredity and royalness in every cell of my skin. After draping the saree and wearing appropriate jewels, I took a look in the mirror. The bright red saree with golden jaree, medium-sized jumka, thick golden chokers, gold and red bangles, bright red bindi, and dark kajal in my eyes made me look like a painting of Raja Ravi Varma. That is where the moment I realized why my mom and granny told; they felt like a queen in a saree.
Haven’t tried wearing saree even once !! It time to choose your style now!