Benarasi sarees exude ethnic elegance
Benarasi sarees are one of those ethnic garments which are passed from generation to generation, much in the same way as a mother passes on her precious jewels to her daughter. Steeped in Indian cultural tradition, a well made Benarasi exudes classic elegance and style, while giving the wearer a beautiful ethnic look. The Benarasi sarees, much like their name, have their roots in the city of Varanasi in Northern India, where they are lovingly hand woven by skilled weavers, many of whom have been a part of this weaving tradition for generations. Many months of hard labor are contributed towards the production of six yards of elegance, each yard of which contains delicate zari or gold thread work. In the same fashion as a Baluchari saree, each Benarasi saree and its motifs and embellishments are unique due to the fact that they are woven by hand.
A traditional Benarasi saree is very heavy due to the heavy gold and silver work that is used to decorate it. it is available in a variety of colors, but as traditional preferences go, red and maroon tones work best for wedding occasions while other colors work for parties and events. Celebrities have taken to this tradition of wearing Benarasi sarees for many public appearances since it is an eye-catching ethnic garment. Actresses and entertainers such as Shenaz Treasurywala, Deepika Padukone, and Sonakshi Sinha seem to prefer ocean colors such as blue and green, while Vidya Balan, Sridevi, and Kareena Kapoor prefer the more traditional approach. The lighter shades such as pinks, peach, and pastel tones are preferred by actresses such as Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif, who also promote the beauty of the Benarasi saree by wearing it to international functions and award shows. It is a common sight to see the more senior actresses in the industry such as Hema Malini, switching from their Baluchari’s to Benarasi sarees, primarily because the zari work is more intricate and delicate.
The zari work on a traditional Benarasi saree is what makes it stand out, and is also the reason behind why the saree is so heavy, in terms of weight as well as embellishment. Both gold and silver thread are painstakingly woven into the entire length of the saree, with careful attention to the pallu and base of it. regardless of the color of the saree, one will always find that the threadwork is gold or silver, there is no compromise on the material used. In the same style as other ethnic and traditionally, meaning hand woven sarees, the Benarasi saree is not easy on the pocket, regardless of whether you are buying a designer version or a non-designer version. The price will naturally increase if you opt for designer Benarasi sarees created by the likes of JJ Valaya or Rohit Bal, who are famed for their bridal Benarasi saree collections, the prices of which can easily run into six figures.
One should consider a few factors while mulling over whether or not to purchase a Benarasi saree. The first factor is both practical as well as personal; you are investing in a unique garment, the creation of which has resulted from multiple months of intensive physical labor, and it is only right that you pay the artists their due. The other factor is of course, steeped in tradition, i.e. you too, will now join the legions of other proud women who pass on their beautiful sarees to the next generation. The Benarasi saree therefore, is worth every penny.