Any woman looking at a typical Banarasi saree always falls in love with it at first sight. Perhaps, it’s the weave or the interplay between thread, fabric and gold or zari or the large variety of colors and combinations of fine fabric with motifs of all kinds.
One can never tell what a shopper for Banarasi sarees likes about it. But one thing’s for sure, every Indian woman must have at least one Banarasi saree among her vast saree collection. After all, these sarees spell class and taste, and are rich in color and design. And as if to complicate the selection process, there are several kinds of Banarasi sarees, each one more beautiful and elegant than the other.
A woman’s choice of Banarasi saree depends largely on the material she wants to be draped in: Katan for pure silk Banarasi sarees, Kora for organza sarees with an inlay of gold threads or zari and Georgette. If you are looking for that exclusive Banarasi saree you want to wear in the upcoming marriage season, look out for these varieties of Banarasi sarees before you decide.
Katan Banarasi Sarees
If you like wearing hand loom sarees with Indian motifs and patterns and a subtle hint of pure silk threads, go for Katan Banarasi sarees. Their inherent Indian ness is sure to grab your attention.
Banarasi Sarees – Organza Kora Sarees
Organza or Kora sarees with an interweave of zari and silk to create a richly woven brocade border with a unique design made by the warp and weft. There’s a distinctive sheen to the saree and if you choose this, you’ll be the cynosure of all eyes.
Banarasi brocades are identified by their rich and intricately woven fabrics with patterns in silver and coated with gold. Craftsmen who weave these sarees use very high quality silk yarn to create an expensive and highly sought-after zari brocade. If this sounds like the saree of your dreams, perhaps you should treat yourself to one.
Banarasi Sarees – Tanchoi Sarees
Once you’re stocked with the traditional heavy Banarasi sarees, perhaps it might be a good idea to turn your attention to something elegant and classy. These are Tanchoi sarees, known for their typical paisley designs woven in zari and usually worn by brides. These sarees have beautiful and intricately woven pallus with one-of-a-kind paisley patterns.
Banarasi Sarees – Buttidar Sarees
Craftsmen weaving Banarasi brocade saris also weave what’s called a Butidar Saree, which is a brocade saree woven with gold, silver and silken threads artistically to form a small ball-like pattern. Motifs usually woven on these sarees include buttis or balls in silk, while others include Angoor Bail, Jhummar Butti, Latiffa Butti, and Patti Butti among many more. Because of the interplay of light and shade, these sarees are also called Ganga-Jamuna, referring to the confluence of these two rivers in Banaras and depicting light and shade.
Banarasi Sarees – Tissue Sarees
True to its name, Tissue sarees are woven on a very delicate fabric called tissue. Added to this are some gold threads or zari that give these sarees a special luster. A very popular design among Tissue sarees depicts a lotus in a pond.
Banarasi Sarees – Georgette Sarees
Lastly, we come to the humble Georgette, which is a comfortable fabric that’s a combination of weaving together fine fabrics with a plain and simple weave. Georgette sarees are very popular sarees for small functions and also make for very elegant designer sarees.
Now that you know what to expect from the large family of Banarasi sarees, you can choose the ones you want with confidence.