How to Choose a Banarasi Saree for Your Wedding

Banarasi silk sarees are India’s finest and classy sarees made in Varanasi, a city which is also called Banaras in Uttar Pradesh. Mughals were the first one to bring this finest craftsmanship to India.

For brides, the wedding day is the most mesmerizing day of their life and on that day, they want to look stunning, royal and the most beautiful women on earth.

Banarasi sarees, also known as ‘Queen’ of handloom sarees, have been a popular choice amongst brides since ages. Not just brides, Banarasi silk sarees are extremely popular among all women alike in India. 

Women in India usually prefer to wear this 6-yards Banarasi masterpiece for almost every occasion and will always want to keep enough Benarasi Sarees in their wardrobe.

Rich in fabric and finest in design, made of pure gold and silver, zari and heaviest meena work, Banarasi sarees look royal masterpieces in themselves.

Banarasi Sarees comes in few fabric varieties; Pure Silk (Katan), Georgette, Shattir, Organza (Kora) beautifully weaved with zari and silk.

Types of Banarasi Sarees

Jamdani  Sarees

Jamdani was original known as Dhakai Saree and was named after the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This art initially flourished under the Mughal patronage. The name, Jamdani, is of Persian origin and comes from the word “jam” meaning flower and “Dani” meaning vase. The name is suggestive of the beautiful floral motifs on these sarees. Jamdani is a handloom woven fabric made of high-quality cotton, a fine muslin cloth on which traditional eye-catching artistic motifs are woven, typically grey and white.

Artisans use the weft technique of weaving, where the artistic motifs are produced by a non-structural weft, in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. It takes almost a year to weave a Jamdani Saree.


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Jangla Sarees

Jangla Sarees are designed with colourful floral silk saree shows the nature of festivity with tiny detailing of zari work.

Jangla Sarees

Tanchoi Sarees

Beautiful ‘Jamawar’ style paisleys or Labyrinth woven by zari. Artisans from Banaras weave patterns on these sarees with colourful weft silk yarns to form the outline.

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Tissue Sarees

These woven sarees are the combination of silk and zari and are designed in a way that the zari brocade will look like the golden cloth.

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Butidar Sarees

It is a rich woven saree which is brocaded with threads of gold, silver, and silk. These are dark blue silken saris and known as Ganga and Jamuna Saree due to its darker shades of gold and lightest shade of silver threads.

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Cutwork Sarees

These Saris are crafted by using a cutwork technique on the plain texture. These sarees look dazzling, glowing, transparent and resembles like Jamadani saree because of their unique pattern- cut technique and is less expensive than Jamdani sarees.

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Choose your Banarasi Saree Wisely

There are many types of Banarasi Sarees available in Market and you must be cautious while choosing the original Banarasi Saree.

  • Do you know that original Banarasi saree consists of 5600 threads and each of them is 45-inch wide? The denser the weave of the Zari pattern, the more valuable it is.
  • You can test the original Banarasi Saree by applying a fire-test. Take a small piece of fabric and burn, if it smells like plastics then it’s not real. However, a real Banarasi saree smells like human flesh when it undergoes fire test. Be cautious while choosing your Banarasi Saree.
  • Real Zari Banarasi sari will be darker not because of the defect but when real silver reacts to air, it becomes darker. However, to renew your sarees, all you have to do is to get your sarees polished to make it shiny.

Choose your saree as per your body type and complexion

Banarasi sarees look stunning on any body type and complexion. But here’s a guide to choose your type of Banarasi saree wisely.

  • If you are tall and slim then go for Banarasi Sarees with heavy embellishments, heavy borders, bold colours with large motifs. Raw silk sarees, tussar silk sarees, or Banarasi silk sarees with large prints will always add ‘Chaar Chaand’ to your look.
  • If you are short, and are on a heavier side, go for light colours, short borders and small prints. You can always opt for georgette or pure crepe saree for any type of occasions.
  • Pick your Banarasi Saree as per your complexion wisely so that it always complements your skin tone. For paler complexion, always go for light colours of pink, soft gold, yellow, blue or peach. Wheatish complexion looks beautiful in bright and vibrant colours like red, mustard yellow, bottle green, royal blue, and black with golden heavy pallu. However, for dusky complexion, you can always go for rich and dark shades like brick red, metallic shades of gold, silver and bronze.

How to choose a perfect colour to wear the 6 yards Banarasi Silk Saree for any occasion

 Traditionally, for an evening event, women opt for dark colors like red, magenta, orange, royal blue, black, bottle green, and wine Kanchipuram Banarasi Sarees for wedding ceremonies.

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 For morning rituals, you can always choose light colours like cream, off-white, pastel shades, peach, light pink, light blue Banarasi pure silk handloom sarees or pure chiffon sarees with golden borders.

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 Tips to maintain your expensive Banarasi Silk Sarees

 Keep your Banarasi Saree in dark to avoid decolouration of the saree.

  • Pack your Banarasi Saree in a muslin cloth and wrap it properly to avoid crease.
  • Use steam iron to iron your saree to avoid permanent crease.
  • Avoid usage of water and perfume directly on Saree as it could leave a stain on the saree.
  • Do not wash these expensive Banarasi saree at home. Always send them for professional dry cleaning.

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