Benaras Silk for the Indian Bride
Who doesn’t want to wear pure beautiful Benaras (or Banaras) Silk on her wedding day? Benaras silk is the most sought after, and precious attire made out of a fabric which has the essence of Ganga in it. We tell you about Benaras silk, its origins and the latest trends in Benaras silk wedding wear in India.
A Benaras silk saree is a must have for all Indian brides as part of their wedding attire. Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, the ancient city of Banaras is synonymous with some of world’s oldest temples and finest silk sarees. The place that is believed to have flourished as a textile centre when it was a capital of Kasi kingdom, In 5th and 6th century BC Banaras became a crucial centre for silk and cotton fabrics with these woven fabrics becoming most sought after all over the world.
Zari and Brocade work that is the specialty of Banarasi sarees kick started around 17 th century when Silk weavers from Gujarat migrated to Kasi after a famine in 1603. Development of brocade and zari work in the city saw new heights during Mughal period, especially in the reign of emperors such as Akbar. Having witnessed centuries of handmade textile tradition, Banarasi silk sarees have seen many changes in preferences of colours, patterns, motifs, borders and styles over the years. From floral patterns, animal and bird depictions to ‘Butidar’ designs to Islamic patterns like florals and ‘Jali’ or ‘Jaal’ and the more recent Geometrical patterns Banarasi sarishave kept abreast with changing tastes and embolden women with their ever elegant finesse.
While Benaras silk has forever been a favorite with brides, it has become ‘trendy’ these days to wear a Benaras saree, thanks to many mainstream designers incorporating it in their designs. Here are some looks that we think will be perfect for the bride:
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