Dazzling-Blue Brocaded Sari from Banaras with Zari Kadhwa Border and Lotus Flowers
Every woman should have that one statement Banarasi brocade that makes her feel like a queen. This one-of-a-kind saree has been handpicked from the fertile looms of the region, and is just the thing. Woven into the characteristic figured silk, the ocean tempest blue of the base fabric shimmers against the gold-layered pink of the thick border. Called zari in local terms, it spreads out in gorgeous proportions across the pallu. The same is punctuated by pastel-coloured lotuses - pink and orange and yellow - in part and full bloom.
The kind of figured silk that you see on this page were originally woven on the naksha drawloom. These have given way to jacquard equipment leading to more sustainable production. However, this variety of sarees remains endemic to the weavers in Varanasi who have practised this art form since generations ago, and one could make out such superior workmanship from the finish. Zoom in on the brocaded lotuses dotting the pallu, or the embroidery on the pallu itself to gain an understanding. This saree is best teamed with the choicest gold and jewels from your collection, to wear to evening wedding rituals.