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Handloom Sarees: A tasteful choice for the classy woman!


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9 yards of unstitched fabric draped with optimum finesse, resulting in that added elegance to the wearer— that’s saree, a complete sartorial experience! A saree brings out the best of a woman’s beauty regardless of her age, shape, height or weight. It’s such a garment that camouflages a woman’s flaws and enhances her fabulousness as well. India has a rich culture and heritage of sarees, exclusively hand-woven by master-craftsmen from all over the country. These exquisite masterpieces were conceived eras ago and portrayed through years old handlooms that still prevail today like undying legacy. That’s the reason of survival of these handloom sarees amidst all other outfit choices. Despite all the multiple options of easy-to-wear silhouettes, my love for handloom sarees is unparalleled. I proudly adorn these classics at every important event or soiree and even die to add a new one in my rich handloom saree collection.

handoom sarees banarasi sarees

My search for an exemplary handloom saree ends on Banarasi sarees. I even become a silk-stocking person when it comes to these opulent pieces of my abiding desire. Being rooted from the place Banaras, that according to Hindu mythology is believed to be situated on Lord Shiva’s Trishul, I have a natural, inborn inclination towards Banarasi sarees. I frequently visit the city to buy an authentic handloom saree to enhance my collection but it’s not that easy for everyone to visit the place just for the sake of buying a saree. For that matter, Jharonka comes to your rescue. If you desire to own luxurious silk sarees from Banaras or other handloom sarees belonging to anywhere in India, Jharonka is an online shopping website where you can buy authentic handlooms ethnic piece of desire.

handoom sarees banarasi sarees

There are many variants of Banarasi sarees (handloom sarees) such as,

  • Jaamdani— Multiple threads of different colored silks are woven together to create motifs that look like prints and ooze out the richness of the fabric.
  • JamewarIt is also a weaving technique which incorporates silk threads along with zari to bring out self-designed or ombre-finished fabic.
  • Iconic Banarasi with Meenakari hints— The age-old traditional Banarasi saree with resham threads used along with zaree to bring out subtle floral or bird motifs.
  • Valkalam— Rich-silk fabric is enhanced with a woven resham border which evokes beautiful patterns of Banaras ghats or human motifs.
  • Kimkhwab It’s a royal Mughal fabric with the richness of entwined silks and zari. The entire saree is woven with silks and zari together which gives the fabric a royal metallic opulence.
  • Tanchoi Exquisitely woven in rich-silks along with twisted thread and zari which showcases floral motifs all over.

These sarees are woven in rich Kathan and doubly woven satin silks along with metallic or resham zaris in gold or silver. At Jharonka, you can find the choicest of them with right price and good deals.

handoom sarees banarasi sarees

I’m fascinated with silk sarees and the rich textile legacy of India woven on the looms by the skilled craftsmen and Jharonka opens up the window and gives me a glimpse of my undying love— handloom sarees. How about you?

  • Madhubani

    Well..Jamdani and Benarasi are not exactly same..They are far from being similar.. Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal and Benarasi saree is a fine variant of Silk originating from the city of Varanasi..Jamdani is not a variant of Banarasi saree..

    • Hi Madhubani ! I’m glad that you have shared your information about Jamdani from Bengal. But let me share the rich textile history and heritage of Banarasi sarees. Jamadani Banarasi sarees are woven with the most exquisite, luxurious and rich silk threads in multi hues. This variant of Banarasi saree is made with one of the oldest techniques of handloom. I’ve seen these beauties made live and personally know some master craftsmen with great skills, knowing and telling the 600 years old history behind them.

      The Teal saree I’m wearing in the pictures is a Banarasi Jamdani Kathan, woven with 4 shades of silk threads, having short-silk effect. Have a look.

      Thank you so much for dropping by. 🙂

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      • Madhubani

        Jamdani is a combination of the words ‘Jam’ and ‘Dani’ meaning flower and vase respectively. If that is taken into account, then this can definitely be one. You look beautiful 🙂 Actually have never heard of “Jamdani Benarasi”.. Have stayed in Varanasi for 3 years.. My bad..!!!

        • Yes, well said about Jamdani!
          No worries! We always learn something new every moment, like I learnt from you about ‘Dhakai Jamdani’.
          Well, I know because my ancestors belonged to Varanasi. My roots run deep there and I still do all my shopping in Varanasi.
          Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  • Atulmaharaj

    Never knew that Benarasi saree too had this many varieties ! My knowledge in this area is weak, but I always prefer gifting a Handloom saree 🙂

    • Thank you so much! Glad that you liked the post and found it informative! Keep visiting! 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    Heard the names of all these types of Benarasi sarees but did not know nothing much, it was really very good to know what actually they are.
    Nice post.

    • Thank you so much Jyotirmoy! Glad that you find the post informative ! 🙂

  • Trayee

    Indeed a tasteful choice..Good to know about the variants of Benarasi sarees..

    • Thank you so much Trayee! Glad that you liked the post ! 🙂

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