Chai aur Patti
Take a dip in the holy Ganga, take in all the wonderful sights of this big beating heart of the land. But, unless you have taken a sip of the earthy chai of Banaras, the experience is far from complete. In fact, if you ask us, life itself is quite incomplete if you haven’t known this ecstasy! A steaming hot kulhad chai, that every Banarasi wakes up to, will show you what heaven is! This saree is a toast to all those kulhads of chai!
Length: 6.5 meters ; Width: 47 inches
Blouse Piece: Yes, the 5th image is of the blouse piece
1. Dry wash
2. Low iron if needed
Blouse: Su, the model is wearing a blouse named as Panna
Fabric: Katan Silk and polyester
Disclaimer: Slight colour variations are due to photography location and light conditions
There are some things in the world that depreciate in value with the passing of time. However, there are other things that become more and more valuable with time. Old is truly considered gold in such cases. A fine example for this is the Banarasi saree. The Banarasi saree is a product of one of the oldest surviving saree weaving techniques in our country and has survived centuries of cultural change and transformations. These sarees are unique as they use real gold and silver zari threads for weaving. These threads are flattened strips of gold or silver alloys that are then woven to form beautiful patterns and motifs on the saree. The rest of the saree consists of pure silk threads woven using traditional handloom methods.
The weavers of Banaras pass on this timeless craft to the next generation as a way of life itself. Right from tracing patterns to be woven on the saree, sourcing the threads, dying the threads and then weaving, the entire process takes anywhere between 15 days to 6 months depending upon the complexity of the designs. But, the end result is a unique, Banarasi silk saree that is irreplaceable in a woman’s wardrobe!