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4. Banarasi sarees, a fashion in itself
The ancient holy city of Varanasi, also known as Banaras, houses an equally ancient tradition - that of weaving of Banarasi saris. This tradition goes back a long way right up to the Moghul period. It was during this time that a variety of art merged together creating a fusion of aesthetics. The Banarasi sari thrived under the patronage of the Moghuls. Proof of this is the Persian motifs and Indian designs that remain an integral part of the design of Banarasi saris even today.

Today the Banarasi sari has acquired international fame. Hailed as the "Indian Sun" in the world of fashion, this creation does not follow the dictates of fashion. It is fashion itself. The weaving of Banarasi saris is an art which has been going on for centuries in India. It is an art to behold. The entire weaving process is highly elaborate - intricate and complicated.

There are four kinds of Banarasi saris:
  1. Pure silk (katan)
  2. Organza (kora) with zari and silk
  3. Georgette
  4. Shattir
The Banarasi sari's appeal lies in the traditional designs that ornament it. The Banarasi sari achieves its royal look through its rich and intricate weave and zari work. The designs are woven with
Banarasi sarees, a fashion in itself
original gold and silver thread. Banarasi saris often depict temple and mosques designs in a variety of shades. The designs on Banarasi brocades exhibit patterns that are Moghul s uch as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel. Scenes of villages, fairs, flowers, clouds are also oft portrayed.
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