In most of the states in India, a wedding is incomplete without a gorgeous Banarasi Saree. A Banarasi Saree is part of a family heirloom. The royal 6-yard-long epitome of elegance is often passed down to the next generation in weddings as an asset.
Banarasi Anarkali has been part of the Indian Subcontinent’s fashion since the Mughal era. A favourite of the Mughal queens, princesses, and courtesans, the long dress with an elegant fall is resonant with enigma, abundance, and opulence.
On the day of the wedding, a bride wants to look the best, and what could lend a better expression to her dreams than a Banarasi Saree of the finest quality, woven with gold or silver brocade? And what could complement her royal entourage with a group of gorgeous bridesmaids clad in exquisite Banarasi Anarkalis?
A product of the ancient city of Varanasi, Banarasi Sarees are deftly woven fine Silk Sarees with opulent Zari embroidery works which make them quite heavy. The tradition of silk brocade weaving with gold and silver threads came to prominence during the Mughal period. Traditionally, Benarasi Sarees were produced in cottage industries, with thousands of people contributing to the handloom production of the region.
A skilled artisan, who has gained expertise on Banarasi Saree creations in inheritance, takes almost a month to produce a single piece of traditional handwoven Banarasi Saree. A handwoven Banarasi Saree costs at least Rs 10,000 and the price ranges up to 1.5 to 2 Lakh. But these days, the handloom industry has been replaced by mechanised units, which produce cheaper synthetic alternatives to Banarasi Silk. These Banarasi Sarees are made faster, and the prices are quite reasonable too.
Anarkalis come in many lengths and styles in all categories, right from casuals to semi formals and season’s pret. If a Banarasi Saree feels too heavy to carry throughout a festive occasion, incorporate the regal fabric with intricate work in a dressy Anarkali Suit with a Dupatta.
Anarkalis are long frock style tops, paired with slim fit bottoms. These days, Anarkalis are accentuated with jackets, with detachable inner Kameez. Apart from slim fit bottoms, Anarkalis are also paired with Palazzos, long flared skirts and with Churidar Pants too.
Banarasi Anarkalis are the perfect choice for Brides, who have a weakness for Salwar Kameez. If not for the wedding day, dressy Banarasi Anarkali suits are a must-have for occasions like Mehendi, Sangeet or a reception.
Heavy accessories go well with both Banarasi Sarees and Banarasi Anarkali suits. Chokers, necklace, jhumka, mangteeka and bangles go well with Banarasi Saree and Anarkalis are best paired with heavy jhumkas, mangteeka, and with bangles too.
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