The ancient Indian city of Varanasi is alive with spiritual and aesthetic significance. While it is the preferred pilgrimage for millions across the subcontinent, it is hands-down the bridal fashionista's choicest destination. And it is not just about the sumptuousness of its brocade sarees or the exquisiteness of its silk dupattas. Each and every kind of the produce of its looms finds its way into our one-of-a-kind ethnic collection, and this section comprises of key home decor pieces for the lover of all things Indian.
There is something distinctly youthful and bridal and new about the sarees and suits woven in Varanasi. The weavers who make them have been putting together these wearable works of art using techniques perfected over generations. The touch of this characteristic youth and newness should go into not just what a bride wears but also into the home she sets up, the decor she chooses to use. The borders, patches, kinaris, laces, and trims in this section have been handpicked with this in mind, for this characteristic appeal and flawless finish.
Q1. What is the Speciality of
The weight of the Banaras Brocade
sarees is due to the elaborate motifs that are embroidered into the silk
fabric using zari thread. These designs give the sarees their distinctive
appearance and add to their weight. Because of the meticulous weaving process
that is used to incorporate this thread into the fabric, the sarees are rather
heavy. Sarees are historically dresses that are worn by women in India. The
intricate floral and foliate motifs, such as kalga and bel that are typical of
them are designs and components that were influenced by Mughal art and Mughal architecture.
These motifs can be seen on a variety of Mughal-era buildings. This feature is
one of the distinguishing characteristics that characterize them.
Q2. What is the difference between
Brocade and Banarasi?
Traditional Brocade designs
are painstakingly woven into the fabric of a saree,
which also features a substantial border of gold or silver thread work.
Banarasi brocade sarees are characterized by their elaborate borders, which
provide a touch of class to the wearer. A standard silk saree is woven by
continuously wrapping the weft thread over the warp thread. But a saree made of
traditional Banarasi brocade is an exception to this rule. For the elaborate
designs seen in brocade sarees, an extra set of weft threads made of precious
metals like gold and silver are weaved in with the primary threads.
Interspersed with the regular weaving of a saree is zari work, which results in
elaborate designs. These sarees are produced by hand on an antique loom.
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