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The changing face of Indian Fashion. It’s all about Banaras baby!
What is this market obsession over Banarsi weave?
Baranas weave is any garment made in the Benaras or Banaras or modern-day Varanasi. The fabrics are among the finest in India essentially since i the brocade and zari work is done using silk gold and silver threads. The fabric used is considered a royal fabric known for its fine silk and opulent embroidery. The fabric is finely woven with intricate designs which was adored by Mughals and is loved today as well by the present-day -royalties and more so by the top Indian designers. It represents the glorious history of Indian-textile art and more interestingly it is making a huge comeback!
So if you are a voracious fashion follower and not living under a rock you would probably know by now that it’s become the darling fabric of Indian Fashion Industry and all top notch designers.
Let’s look at 5 ways you can own Banarasi weaves in a traditional or contemporary way.
Look 1: Saree
Wear it the traditional way. You can never go wrong with a good old charming banarasi saree and not turn heads. It is simply regal. Enough said!
Look 2: Lengha
With a make in India movement all top designers were throwing themselves into exploring the fabric and trying to bring the best out of it. Here is my personal favourite with his exquisite array of work in the particular one Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The ghat, the charm, the opulence, the regal, the intricacy, the exquisiteness that oozes from his work is second to none. Cleary I am a fan!
Look 3: Kurtis
Banarasi kurtis can be casual yet formal and it definitely defines a rich look if they are made from silk brocades or kimkhab weaves. You can pair them up with silk bottoms or silk skirts both go equally wonderfully. Designer Sanjay Garg, the master of handloom has made them so chic yet classy that you’re left yearning for one.
Look 4: Mix and Match
This is an extremely brilliant way to wear and it screams contemporary like no other. Just throw a silk shirt and pair it up with banarasi skirt or pants and you’re ready to roll! These uber chic look is used by most celebs these days. You can leave the dupatta with the skirt if you like. Since the shirt will be plain you can accessorize with nice long jewelry. Both creations are by Payal Khandwala.
Look 5: Create your own look
This looks is created by me for a special family function here the lehenga is 6 meter banarasi kimkhab fabric and the choli is silk with light khatwork embroidery done – you can opt for plain as well but I paired it with banarsi dupatta. I was a bit skeptical about going banarasi on banarasi will be too much and might look gaudy and spoil the effect but it looked exactly opposite. So you never know until you try one!
I also did matching outfits for my whole family. Mother-daughter same lengha choli and designed two matching jackets for my husband and son.