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 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 can get plain weaves with this material, which makes it a popular choice for contemporary sarees. But when paired with banarasi, the georgette saree becomes magical!
Muga silk is a type of wild silk that tagged geographically to Assam. This silk is known to be very durable and has natural ting that is yellow-gold. The texture of this silk is glossy and shimmery, and it was reserved exclusively for royalty in ancient times! So imagine wearing a pure banarasi silk saree made from Muga silk.
Cotton silk is a fabric blend of silk and cotton fibers, blending the good features of both into one textile. The comfortable, lightweight, and silky weave have a soft feel and a firm silken drape along with the adaptability that makes it great for a wide range of garments, including sarees. Best to wear during summers, cotton silk banarasi sarees are often soft but beautiful.
This is a traditional fabric highlighted by its sheer, lightweight texture, and the fine, rich feel. It is produced mostly in the Chanderi, a small town in Madhya Pradesh. Weavers produce Chanderi by weaving golden zari and silk in a traditional cotton yarn that results in a shimmering texture. Pure banarasi silk sarees on Chanderi feel as light as water!
Matka Silk is a coarse handloom silk fabric created from the trashed Mulberry Silk (Bombyx Mori) pupae without eliminating its gum part. Though rough in texture, when woven with zari, this textile takes another form and looks beautiful draped into a saree.
Most avid saree collectors have this fabric in their collection for sure. Lighter and softer than the Matka, Tussar is a popular choice for many women due to its porous texture which allows it to be worn in summers. Woven mostly in Bhagalpur, Bihar and in parts of Bengal, Tussar banarasi sarees are a class apart.
Types of Zari
We have talked a lot about silk; let’s talk about the main star of the show: zari.
- Real Zari
It is not easy to find such sarees, but once upon a time, weavers would use real silver and gold to make this kind of zari. It is still sought after greatly by people who don’t mind spending on it.
- Imitation Zari
This type is made from thin copper wires electroplated with silver. This is a replacement for real silver zari.
- Metallic Zari
It is made of metal polyester films. The polyester undergoes a process that makes its filaments as sturdy as metal. This type of zari makes the saree lighter, more durable, and also affordable.
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