When I say the words “silk sari”, what do you think of first? Raise your hand if it is Banarasi silks. Especially, when it comes to wedding shopping, most brides like to opt for a Banarasi silk sari for the main function. The intricate gold thread work, the rich jewel tone colours, and the grandeur of the body, all of it makes a woman feel like a princess on her wedding day. Actually, it makes her feel like a bride even if it isn’t her wedding.

Banarasi weaves have designs inspired from the Moghul era. Each handmade piece is unique. Most of the motifs are floral or paisley which adds a certain elegance to the sari and of course to the woman wearing the sari. The compact weaving with the gold thread work adds a metallic visual to the entire outfit.

Banarasi saris come in different weaves and also different types of silks, which means that you get a lot more variety to choose from. There is Katan, Kora (Organza), georgette and Shattir. These are the different types of Banarasi silks classified based upon the purity of the silk. So how do you decide what to buy?

  • Katan is pure silk and generally woven with a motif. Elegant and just what you need for an engagement function.
  • Organza is a lot richer with silver and golden threads woven into the body of the sari to create different designs. This is definitely the type of sari that one should look at for the muhurth or the main wedding ceremony.

  • Georgette is the lightest weave and just what you need for a fun evening of dancing at a sangeet or mehendi function.

So there you go, a simple and easy guide to choose the sari based upon your comfort level and also the type of function that you are attending.

You can find a huge collection of Banarasi weaves on www.weavesmart.com.

About Weavesmart.com: Weavesmart is an online handloom store founded in 2015. The company displays and sells products of weavers from different parts of the country to retail customers. Currently, Weavesmart sources products directly from various weaver hubs located in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

To know more about us, visit http://www.weavesmart.com

About the writer:  Hi.. My name is Krupa and I am a blogger. krupa-saree-photoMy love affair with the 6 yards started as young as 16 years of age. Okay I am lying. I was forced to wear a sari at the tender age of 16 and nope I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until I started wearing saris every day for work did I realise how much more there is to this garment and that is what sparked my interest to start blogging on Indian ethnic wear. My blog logs my love-hate relationship with my wardrobe with sprinkles of my life strewn along the way. Come, join the journey, won’t you?