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Top Designers Take on Banarasi Sarees

Banarasi silk sarees are Mughal inspired and handwoven by Muslim artisans in the city of Varanasi also known as Banaras. Silk was earlier imported from China but now the Chinese and Japanese silk is replaced by silk in the Banaras market. The government is taking a take in saying that they are trying to create innovative ways in which weaving could get easier and a few top designers have a say, saying that they wish to set up factories in Varanasi in effort to bring back the lost glory of banarasi silk saree which in the name of modernism is lost somewhere.          Top designers have made sure of keeping the essence of royalty and elegance of banarasi silk saree...

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Online shopping for Banarasi Dupatta

What is a banarasi fabric? Banarasi is a silk fabric that is very well known for being used to make sarees and dupattas, it originated from Varanasi which is also known as Banaras. Banarasi sarees and dupattas are most known for their silver and gold brocade or zari, fine silk and embroidery. The sheer elegance of a pure banarasi silk dupatta or pure banarasi silk saree is mesmerizing. Any festival feels incomplete without pure silk banarasi wear. Buying a banarasi silk dupatta is easy and convenient but what do you do when you have to buy it online, how to choose the pure dupatta banarasi. While we talk about buying a dupatta banarasi online we should be aware of a...

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Bridal Trousseau Is Incomplete Without Banarasi Sarees & Dupattas

The wedding day for a woman is a monumental day of her life. She is going to start a new chapter of her life after all. And she needs the perfect attire to step into this new phase of her life. For ages, women have made a pure banarasi silk saree a part of their bridal trousseau. Imagining a bridal trousseau without a banarasi saree and a dupatta is unthinkable! The Indian Wedding Dress Indian weddings are an auspicious occasion dipped in traditional fervor, friends and family, customs and rituals, and lots, lots of fun. An Indian wedding is a beautiful event with dance, music, and decorations. In keeping with tradition, the wedding dress hasn’t undergone many changes throughout the...

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Timeless Banarasi Fabrics Are Now Available in Contemporary Designs

There have been countless crafts and arts that have gotten lost as humanity moved on. The art of carpet craft in Kashmir, called Namdas, is on the verge of disappearing completely. Often, it is due to the fact that the new generations are not keen to learn the skills that have been passed on from generation to generation. Other times, it is often the art that becomes backdated and fails to keep up with contemporary tastes. However, the weaving industry, which has survived since ancient times, is one place where modern tastes can be accommodated.  At Shoonya, we are taking the ancient craft of Banarasi and turning them into contemporary design, one apparel at a time. In this blog, we...

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Banarasi is not only about silk

While silk is a popular choice for Banarasi, and even though India is only second to China when it comes to silk production, did you know this weave can be used for other kinds of materials too and there so many varieties where the art of weaving banarasi can be incorporated with? If you didn’t, then read on to know more! Georgette Georgette is not a stranger when it comes to the chosen fabric for sarees. Bollywood heroines have loved it since forever and some brides often choose georgette as their bridal wear due to its lightweight. Georgette is basically a finely woven fabric that is light and made up of crepe yarn interwoven with both weft and warp. You...

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