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A banarasi saree is a saree made in Varanasi (also known as Banaras). Banarasi sarees are known to be the finest sarees in india where they are popular for their gold, zari, silver brocade, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The outfits are made from finely woven koora live silk and decorated in intricate designs. In most of the cases they come with engravings which make them heavy.

Different varieties

There are many varieties of these sarees. The most popular ones are: pure silk (Katan), silk, zari, and organza (Kora). There are other varieties that vary depending on the different design processes. These varieties include: Vaskat, Tanchoi, Jangla, Butidar, Cutwork, and Tissue.

High quality Saree

For a great look you should buy a high quality banarasi saree. Here are some of the areas that you should look at when making the purchase:

Float: you should take a look at the reverse side of the saree to see if there are floats between the grids of warps and wefts. A real, handmade saree is the only one that will have this feature; therefore, if you look at the outfit and it doesn’t have a float, it’s probably machine made or fake.

Silk: Real banarasi sarees are made from pure silk. There are many tests that you can do to ensure that the outfit is made from silk. One of the most effective and cheapest tests is burning the saree’s thread. You should pull a thread from a hidden area and burn it. Once the entire thread has burnt, you should smell the ash.

If the saree is made from silk, the ash will smell like burnt hair. You should note that there are some outfits made from cheap Chinese silk; therefore, you should be cautious. Although, this silk will smell like burnt hair, it’s not as durable as pure silk.

Brocade design: real banarasi sarees have six to eight inches of plain silk brocade. The brocade usually goes over the shoulder giving the saree an excellent look.


Banarasi sarees are often part of an Indian bride’s outfit. When buying a bridal banarasi saree you should go for one with a traditional look. You should note that the price of traditional outfits depends on the design of the base and border.

The shade of the outfit greatly determines the entire look. For an ideal look you should ensure that the shade of the outfit matches your complexion.

Some Scattered Thoughts, Now Collected

Basically, I just couldn’t let go of some of my stray thoughts so thought why not spread them out here, just for keepsakes. It will be good.

  • The musical soirees that changed my life are the memories of the days gone by… flood my mind. “Gazab Ka Hai Din Socho Zara… E Diwanapan Dekho Zara… ” Truly unforgettable!
  • “Sawan Barse Tarse Dil… “. Can’t forget this song… all throughout the late 1990s I have been listening to it on MTV. Beautiful ghazal-like rendition by Hariharan and Sadhna Sargam. “Sawan Barse Tarse Dil, Kyun Na Nikale Gharse Dil… ” In a way, life becomes really tough if you have so many unfogettable memories to keep you awake and away from the realities of life.
  • Listening to “Right Here Waiting for You”: This is one of the songs that have seen me through some of the toughest days of my life. A very special song that is high up on my list, along with Elton John’s ‘Sacrifice’ and ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’, and of course Bryan Adams.
  • Perhaps sipping tea at the office cafeteria is the best way to slink away from your boss’ doubtful gaze!!! Today I escaped
  • Getting late for office but I have to listen to these peaceful and timelessghazals first. Enjoying the beautiful weather and munching on a bhutta… by the lake!
  • Eisssh Monday der na kheye deye kono kaaj neyi… shudu shudu Sunday er pore thik hazir hobe… !!! Bokar moton. Ufff.. Hotobombo kotakaar! Abar shei offich jawa… jhuddo kora!
  • Listening to “Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Payoge… “: I have always loved cared and nurtured old Hindi songs and Robindra Sangeet like invaluable gems. They never fall out of one’s deep affection for them. A song like this one is for essential listening. Listen to this song and take the reins of your life back in your hands.
  • Back home after an evening out with a friend. Had some Hyderabad’s famed biryani… again! Methinks, it’s better to taste/eat some known Indian grub at a little known yet fine restaurant than dig into some anti-septic food at some foolish dettol-scrubbed western kitchen-/lounge-type garage!! “Chham Chham Barse Ghata, Ghunghroo Bajati Hai Hawa… “. Anyway, I just put this song on the CD player. If you do get a chance to listen to this song please don’t shy away from it. The song is a wonder, sung by Asha Bhonsle. Listen to it sometime and you will get to breathe a minty fresh air of its uber musical quality that you won’t get anywhere these days.
Ahsan Khan
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