Benarasi Silk 101 for Brides

When fashion goes back to its roots, it turns exquisite. If you have been through latest designer collections you will find that benarasi silk for wedding events has turned hip and is catering to the large section of brides who are looking up to silk to fulfill their craving for the some sheen and soothing softness, so much that the trend of chiffon and tulle has gently paved its way to benarasi silk and its grandeur.

What is Benarasi silk?

Going down the history lane this was also started as generous contribution from Mughals. Benaras or Varanasi is a city in Uttar Pradesh soecialised in zari weaving techniques. Those sarees woven using silk and golden yarn was later known to the world as benarasi sarees. Depending on intrictaion of patterns it can take upto 1 days to a month to weave a saree hence justifying the price.

Read more about Benarasi silk here.

How to find a right Benarasi silk?

Gold work with intertwining golden motifs in borders are a statement of Benarasi silk. Butis or paisleys places all over sarees or florals woven into borders can necessarily be an indication. The silk is pure silk,organza with zari and can be lavishly decorated with embroideries or cutworks.

Designers to find your pick

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee,Manish Malhotra have given their clear blend of benarasi silk and modern motifs. Anita Dongre mixed up benrasi silk even to Anarkalis of style. She used her statement of Indian florals as butis in the weave. Another designer to look out for is Sanjay Garg, whose label Raw Mango has played an important role in the revival of the silk from Benaras in the fashion scene.

If not a saree

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If you find silk is too cliché for a saree then shop your way into silk skirts, gowns and dresses. Pant suits or anarkalis are also widely popular in the silk fashion scene.

Mix silk skirts or palazzos with simple cholis for a sangeet function. Benarasi anarkalis can be worn during the engagement.  And why just women, when you go for purchasing the wedding sherwani, you can consider picking one made of Benarasi silk fabric so that it can be co-ordinated with the bride’s outfit!