Banaras and its many wonders
Varanasi is a hub for beautiful things, from its brocade to its pink meenakari, to its metal craft, this city has much to offer the art aficionados. Yet if we had to zero down to the most basic, the must-haves, there are four things from the city that you must have in your wardrobe right now.
This post will help you choose and decide
- Especially if you are pressed for time and want to avoid the tedious research.
- It will help you simplify and clear away the fluff so, you include only the most noteworthy things.
- To will keep you abreast with trends and information that you might have missed.
So here goes the list.
1. Banarasi Brocade Sari
This was the easiest to guess, right.
Banarasi sari is among the finest saris in India and as you may know a saree collection is not complete without it. Banaras has been known for its gold and silver zari, fine silk embroidery and rich brocade work. If you are interested then you can know more about the history of Banarasi sari here.
As an ancient textile, Banarasi sari has stood the test of time making it a true classic. It has seen many adaptations, incorporating aesthetics from dominant design trends of the many cultures it graced and dressed. This ability to adapt to market design influences makes it highly relevant to modern Indian dressing.
Designs today are a revival of the traditional patterns fused with current trends. Popular saris are Pure silk (Katan), Jamdani sari, Organza (Kora), Jangla sari, Kora cutwork sari, Resham Butidar sari, Tanchoi sari, Tissue sari, Cutwork saris to name a few. Find some stunning styles here
A little about Brocade and why we love the Banarasi Brocade so much
Brocade is an ancient form of fabric embellishment. Zari (gold and silver threads) and colored silk or cotton threads are woven to create a richly decorative fabric.
And Banaras offers some spectacular brocade that can be truly breathtaking.
In its modern avatar, Banarasi Brocade has been popularized and reinvented by the fashion forerunners of our country. Designers like Payal Singhal, Ritu Kumar to name a few have been champions for this art. Payal Singhal’s collection showcases some of the most brilliant brocade work in contemporary silhouettes, you can find more of her collection here.
Aren’t these just exceptional. And are we all not about keeping updated with the trend especially if it is as beautiful and stunning as the Banarasi Brocade? You can see the trend catching on by its availability in the market, so go look around.
Brocade sari, therefore, is the top of the list. If you are wondering what is the best way to wear it then here is our post on three saree looks this season that you must try.
2. Banarasi Dupatta
This is the second must-have on our list. You can take your look from regular and boring to stunning with just this piece of clothing. It is one of the most versatile pieces that you could ever have in your wardrobe.
The best way to wear your stunning Banarasi dupatta is to pair with a solid kurta or tunic. This will create balance and not seem overpowering or mixed up. Choose from an array of colors from rani pinks to electric blues. Though if this is the only piece you are buying, keep to a color that complements a bulk of your clothes.
That gets us to the question whether to buy Pure or art silk so, let us quickly address it
If you are a true art lover & a patron or wish to invest in an heirloom then INR40,000/- upward saree is your best choice. One time that you must buy a pure silk Banarasi is while shopping for your trousseau, that is when you can truly afford it.
However, if you are looking for a stunning piece for the next occasion and not necessarily a collector’s item then art silk is a good choice. They are light on the pocket and with the help of technology it resembles and feels very much like the real stuff.
3. Banarasi Tissue Saree
Third on our list is the Banarasi tissue Saree, Shimmer and Shiny all the way.
This technique uses the zari thread to give the saree a golden look. Needless to say, this is a must-have. Gold jewelry has been an Indian woman’s adornment for ages and the love for it probably gave rise to the golden cloth. A touch of elegance and drop of sophistication, this saree is exquisite and a complete indulgence.
Wear this when you want to stand apart from the crowd. It is an excellent choice when you want simple elegance to literally shine through.
Pair it with a contrast blouse and statement jewelry for some personality. Wear a same tone brocade blouse for a classic yet stylish appearance.
4. Pink meenakari jewelry
Pink meenakari work is next on our list. Enameling work is a beautiful artform done on metal. It is delicate and artistic. Rajasthan is a popular hub for meenakari work, yet once upon a time pink meenakari from Banaras was quite sought after. this art is seeing a revival and recently has been included in the geographical indicator list.
In this method, the white of the enamel is given a hint of pink by introducing a touch of the color pink.
We love meenakari jewelry and also love to be contributors in the revival of this beautiful artform, so this is a must-have on our list.
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