Monday, December 7, 2015

Banarasi Weaving - A Tale as Old as Time

Banarasi Weaving- A Tale as Old as Time
Banaras is one of the oldest cities of India and is well known for religious reasons as well as its exclusive length of silk sarees. The typical sarees which reflect the creative specialty of the weavers in this city are known as “Banarasi sarees”. Over time, the looms and the artistic flare of the weavers have given birth to a wide variety of designs and weaves, using the strands of silk in distinct ways blended with metallic threads or zari and also muslin in some cases. They have been given individual names and have captured millions of hearts all over the world.

Situated in the west bank of the Ganges, the city of Banaras has its own old world charm. The weaving traditions and the tale of silk has been an integral part of its history. However, Banarasi sarees have beautifully adapted to changes in motifs, colours and weave preferences along the flow of time. The history of weaving is deeply embedded in the culture of the city and at the very mention of the name Banaras, silk sarees surely come to mind.

The weaving traditions of Banaras can be traced back to the fourth and the fifth centuries when the handmade textile was preferred with bird, flower and animal motifs by the elite. Later on with evolution of new designs and styles the ‘Butidar’ gained popularity during the thirteenth century. Banaras as a city has seen waves of changes from being a center of Hindu culture to being a seat of Buddhism and also experiencing modifications in the way of life and weaving alterations with the advent of the Mughals followed by the British. Every time the weavers of Banaras adapted to the new flavor flawlessly, with great enthusiasm and expertise. The myriad changes in patterns in fact helped the Banarasi sarees to grow and keep its freshness intact for ages.

The floral motifs reflecting Islamic patterns and the ‘Jaal’ or the Mughal lattice designs gained popularity during the 16th century and within a few hundred years, it was gradually phasing to a fresh style that mirrored close resemblance to geometrical patterns that quintessentially matched the wall papers with an essence of Victorian style.

Designs have surfaced with new combinations and the current trends are a blend reflecting the revival of traditional patterns, beautifully matched with modern hues, preferred motifs and the sense of style.

Different types of Banarasi Sarees:
Since, the existence of typical Banarasi sarees has a long trail, the designs and kinds of the drapes are available in a wide variety. Just a few of them are Katan (Pure silk), Kora (Organza), Jamdani, Brocade, Tanchoi, Jangla, Tissue, Brocade, Cutwork and Butidar.

Katan Banarasi:
The Katan Banarasi is a length of sheer pleasure, woven from pure silk. It’s a true reflection of artwork from the house of Banarasi weavers and has an unparallel and timeless beauty. They typically come with Indian motifs with pure silk threads woven on a handloom.

Organza or Kora is variety of Banarasi saree that looks dazzling with it’s interweave of zari and silk threads. The elegant and rich woven brocade borders of the sarees are uniquely made with different counts of warp and warp counts creating an array of designs.

The silk Jamdani from Banaras is technically a variety of brocade. During the Mughal period, it was exclusively woven for the royalty. In these sarees, the silk threads are generally brocaded with cotton and in very rare cases with zari. The Jamdani, is originally a product that came out of the handlooms of Bangladesh. But the excellent ability of the Banarasi weavers to adopt other designs from different regions helped in quickly gaining expertise in these muslin sarees which were worn by the royalty during the hot summer months.

Banarasi brocades were meant for the royalty and that is why it was created with the sheen of gold and silver. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But even history gives its evidence, as the brocades are also mentioned in the Rig Vedic period c. 1750-500 BCE with different names where fabric of gold are described ‘Hiranya Vastra’. Since olden times, Indian brocades have been in popular demand even in countries like Tibet, where the fabric is used for traditional rituals.

A new innovation in Banarasi brocade is called ‘Silkora’ which is a blend of silk and cotton.  Brocades use zari with silk threads to form different patterns and are available in different price ranges depending on the intricacy of work and the threads used.

Tanchoi sarees are well known for their unique and traditional paisley designs that are generally woven in zari or metal threads. It is a bridal banarasi saree with an intricately designed pallus showcasing lavishness of the weave and conventional motifs. Other patterns that can be spotted on tanchoi sarees are flowers, birds like peacocks and parrots. These are preferred sarees for cooler months and are worn during festivals or weddings.

The butidar Banarasi sarees are a variety of brocade designed with small ball like motifs woven with zari and silken threads. The different types of motifs or ‘Butis’ as they are traditionally called, include patti (leaf)  buttis, Angoor Bail (grape vine), Jhummar Butti, Bauchar butti, Jhari butti and Latiffa Butti among several others. They have a wonderful appeal with a light and shade effect and are popular choice for special events.

The Banarasi sarees have an endless tale to tell since the traditional cottage industry handicraft has seen change of taste, weaves and motifs through ages with the weavers adapting designs from other regions of the county too including Bengal and Gujarat. However, the handloom industry is facing a slow death and being replaced by the power looms. The higher weaving cost and the cheaper imitation of Banarasi silks is pushing this work of art towards extinction. It’s every Indian woman’s dream to equip their wardrobe with at least few kinds of Banarasi, and choosing the handloom versions will permit the age old textile craft to survive the test of times.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Get Groovy With Pure Silks This Diwali!

There is absolutely no need to especially highlight the importance of Diwali, when it comes to dressing up, for the Indian woman. The festive occasion itself inspires everyone to flaunt their best attires. What can be better than the good old loom woven lengths of pure silks? They are not only a treat to the eyes but also a pleasure to wrap around. Receiving guests, visiting friends and relatives adorned in heavy handloom silks surely stir in an extra bit of enjoyment to the event. Especially when people praise your choice of silk, that’s the moment of ‘sheer joy’ only a lady can understand! Alternative fashion trends come and go but the authentic handloom silk never lose its luster.

Indian handloom sarees starting from the age old Banarasi, Paithani, Kanjivaram, Chanderi, Patola and their likes have always been the most preferred ‘festive time’ sarees. Heavy golden temple borders, peacock design bootis, lotus motifs are some of the most graceful embellishments offered on authentic loom weaves. Diwali drapes demand something more than the ordinary events. It’s surely the time to flash some bright colors and gaudy drapes. If you want to know what the trending hues are this season then let us keep you informed that the general move is toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An assorted, ethereal mix of understated bright shades, bold and beautiful natural hints of green, blue and yellow is what is in demand. White, black and shades of red never go out of style. If you are the kinds who prefer the not so jazzy sarees, there’s good news for you. has plenty of pure silk sarees in the show case that are designed without zari bootis, yet flashes a superior look.

Break away from the monotony of the everyday rigmarole and pamper yourself while the festive mood is in the air. Pair your saree with suitable accessories and the diva look comes easy the traditional way!

Indian sarees are known world over for their grandeur and extravagant display of arty traditions and that’s the reason why it is no more restricted to India during festivities but globally women have started adorning these graceful lengths of silks while the festive spirit is on.

Paithani sarees, are one of the choicest silks that India has to offer. Their splendid colors and intricate motifs suit any special occasions whether it’s Diwali, a wedding or a family get-together. Hand woven in the looms in a small town called Paithan in Aurangabad, these paithani silk sarees are made of very fine silk. The blend of silk and zari is usually woven on the principles tapestry. The most attractive Paithani sarees come with motifs like peacock, flower pot, parrot, swan and lotus designed on the pallu, border as well as bootis all over the length.

This Diwali, be a head turner with the classy conventional look adorning your pretty self with a hint of sophistication and grace. Checkout the special Diwali collection and you might just come across your dream saree!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Traditional Silk’s the Choicest Attire for Navratri

Traditional Silk’s the Choicest Attire for Navratri
Everyone loves keeping with up with the current trends but no matter what the fashion world follows, festive occasions surely demand something traditional. Yes! The conventional silk sarees with heavy zari border, temple pallu and peacock motifs definitely take a front seat when it comes to celebrating social occasions like Navratri, fun filled Dandiya and Garba evenings with friends and family.

Authentic handloom has no parallel and that’s a proven fact. Gaudy colors laced with gorgeous motifs grab the eye balls anytime, anywhere. Who would not like to be the show stealer in gatherings and show off their rich choice? Selecting from a range of handloom silk sarees that India has to offer makes the platter varied and luring for the fashion conscious. Paithani from Maharashtra, Kanjeevaram from Tamil Nadu, Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh, Banarasi from Uttar Pradesh are just a few examples of the rich culture and art work that India has to offer., caters to your festive needs through the amazing collection that mirrors the essence of Indian traditional sarees. A blend of excellence in design and quality, the collection has much to offer in terms of weaves and tasteful hues and color combinations.

Looking back at the Indian mythology and the Veda’s, the Goddesses, who are acknowledged as the source of power, prosperity and knowledge also adorned the classy drapes that bring out femininity, grace and a glimpse of confidence. Navratri, the time of the year when the Devi is worshiped, demands suitable attire that truly speaks of heritage and culture. What can be better than a heavy border silk handloom saree at an occasion like this?

The special Navratri saree collection in our showcase has something for everyone, the admirers of flashy colours and heavy zari work as well as the ones who like it muted and simple. With a special attention to Paithani, which we specialize in, the range offers not only the typical patterns but also something that’s awe inspiring and new. The exclusive drapes come directly from the weavers loom with innovative style elements blended well with the quintessence of age old traditions.

New trends come and go, but silk sarees are an evergreen choice that’s never replaced. Every woman’s wardrobe deserves to be equipped with some glamorous drapes which even without too many accessories can grab attention and make a woman look beautiful. Not only in India, but ‘silk saree fever’ is catching up globally and Paithani is a forerunner. Keep the tradition going and make your presence felt even in the crowd choosing the choicest of shades.

Keeping in mind the budget aspect, the range has been designed from close to Rs. 8000 up to Rs. 25, 000 and beyond. Each saree that you come across in the showcase are value for money and are unique. Our online saree outlet is a fantastic alternative for those whose busy time table does not allow them to visit the brick and mortar outlets. Pamper the woman in you and enjoy every bit of festive mood this season!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wardrobe Must-haves: Traditional Handloom Sarees

Saree though essentially an Indian outfit has now gone international. Almost every state in India has got something special to offer in terms of weave, designs and patterns. The classical drape has evolved over the ages and is still revolutionizing. The Indian handloom is much in vogue and is a topic of discussion in fashion circles. The different weaves and designs echo excellent artistry, fine craftsmanship the rich Indian culture.

Starting from daily wear to bridal dressing, sarees are considered an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe in many countries now. This blog post is a tribute to the different handloom pure silk sarees of India which uphold some of the most elegant designs with the warp and weft of their tradition, blending threads to create inspirational lengths of fabric.
Most of the handloom sarees across the nation can considered as ‘good to go’ in any occasion but some of them simply grab the eye balls and are best known as bridal or party wear.

Let’s just take a peek into some of the most desired occasional wear sarees which every woman would love to have in their wardrobe.


Kanjeevaraam sarees have their origin in a place called Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. These are traditionally handloom woven sarees. The sarees usually have distinct wide contrast temple borders that matches the length of body adorned with different motifs, checks or stripes. These sarees are usually woven from pure mulberry silk with motifs like peacocks, flowers, leaves, swan, mangoes and more. The price is usually determined by the intricacy of design, pattern, colour, gold or zari thread work. Kanjeevaraam sarees are usually worn on special festivals or weddings. It’s surely an essential addition to an Indian bride’s trousseau and can also be chosen as an excellent formal party wear.


Chanderi weaving culture has a long trailing history. According to mythological stories this weaving started somewhere between the second and the seventh century AD. The weave is particular to Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh and are generally made from three kinds of fabrics, cotton, silk and silk cotton which combine a fine blend of both the natural fibers. The motifs that adorn these traditional sarees include flowers, coins, peacocks and different geometrical patterns. This handloom gained popularity in the thirteenth century and became a much traded fabric during the Mughal era.

The best part about Chanderi sarees are that they come in different degree of ‘dressy look’. The lighter designs woven in cotton or silk can be worn for formal parties or occasions like festivities. The heavier designs on silk may be an ideal drape during weddings.


Banarasi sarees are most probably the best known bridal sarees. These drapes were originally woven exclusively for the royal families. These were length of fabrics woven from pure silk and real gold and silver thread. The weaving of one saree took as long as an entire year to be completed. Marked by their exemplary artistry, Banarasi sarees can be chosen from a range of Jamdani, cutwork, butidar, vaskat, jangla, tanchoi and the tissue. These silk drapes are considered as one of the perfect wedding sarees even today.


The Patola sarees originate from Patan in Gujarat. This weave was once considered to be distinctly for the autocracy but later on became a favourite with the Gujrati women. The motifs which usually adorn these sarees include flowers, dancing figures, parrots, elephants and geometrical designs.

In the modern parlance, Patola sarees are regarded as excellent party wear and a must have for a brides trousseau.


Paithani sarees are typical to a small town Paithan, in Maharashtra. These are essentially silk sarees with a traditional peacock motif and some golden work with either zari or silk thread. These dressy drapes are now available in a variety of colour combinations with multiple motifs like lotus, swans and geometric patterns. Great as wedding sarees, Paithani's are considered to be the richest saree weave of Maharashtra.

Whatever may be the weave, colour or style of the handloom silk sarees, they will always remain in fashion reflecting the grand cultural heritage of India.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

A special gift for your beloved sister on this Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi is just around the corner and it’s that time of the year when your sister lovingly ties the sacred thread on your wrist every year since the time you both were little kids.

Raksha bandhan every year must be reminding you of the good times, the naughty times and the secrets which you shared with your sister. Every brother and sister shares a unique relation that trails memories of fights, little jealousy and loads of fun times. Childhood memories are forever treasured as people grow up.

On Rakhi you surely want to give your sister a return gift that she will cherish. When she was a kid a teddy or a frock would do and during her teens a watch, hand bag or perfume may have proved to be the best possible rakhi gift ideas but now as a lady those options are no more appropriate.

So what should you consider as the ideal rakhi gift for the occasion? Remember a silk saree never fails to impress. For every festive and special occasion women always take out their best ethnic outfit and at instances it’s a classic silk saree which is a Paithani, Kanjeevaram or some other ethnic handloom drape.

Now you must be scratching your head and thinking how to snatch some time out from your busy schedule to go shopping isn’t it? That’s not needed any more with an easy access and ordering process for rakhi gifts online.

You can choose from the wide array of colours and designs that match your sister’s choice. If you are looking for special rakhi offer on paithani sarees, you must checkout paithani sarees collection. You will find gaudy, tasteful and awe inspiring designs in the showcase for women of all ages. Each pure silk saree has the essence of tradition and upholds the spirit of ‘make in India’.

There is no doubt that the pure silk, golden zari work Paithani that you choose for your sister is going to make her extremely happy. It will be one of the most treasured gifts in her wardrobe because a brother’s love is beyond words! Moreover, the satisfaction that you will derive looking at her happy face is unparalleled. Someone so rightly said once “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.”

Friday, May 1, 2015

OnlyPaithani - the inspiration

Centuries ago, in India, the art of weaving royal fabrics originated from a very ancient and popular city known as Supratishthapuram, and had a silken cloth brocaded with golden threads. The city is today known as Paithan, giving fabric its name, Paithani.

However, over the years, with the advance of Power looms and synthetic fabrics which come at a much cheaper price, this traditional art kind of took a back seat. The town of paithan which used to be the known as the Capital of Art started losing its luster to modern times.

Fortunately, a few, true connoisseurs of art helped revive the centuries old Paithani tradition, worked with the few expert weavers and brought back to good life this rich but fading art of India.

We, through, intend to reach to the world  and give them a feel of what the Indian art of paithani is all about. We bring you the best hand made pieces of Paithani, which like its said is nothing less than a poem woven in silk and gold.

About the Paithani:

The paithani is essentially a sari, hand woven in silk and gold thread with traditional motifs decorating the pallu and border.

Known as a poem, that is hand woven in silk and gold, Paithani Sarees are for those with discerning and refined taste. The art of weaving Paithani flourished in 200B.C., during Satvahana era and since then Paithani is coveted in India as a precious heirloom passing on from generation to generation. Exquisite silk from Paithani was exported to many countries and was traded in return for gold and precious stones. Sheer dedication and the faith of the weavers has kept alive Paithani silk work for more than 2000 years.

Intricate designs on pallu and border is a speciality of Paithani Sarees. Motifs on pallu are generally peacock, lotus, mango and other designs inspired from the world famous Ajanta Caves, which are in the same district.

Paithani Sarees can take between 2 months to 2 years to manufacture, depending on border, pallu design and the material used. A paithani would cost any where from Rs. 6,000/- which would have normal and less complex designs but can go upto Rs. 5,00,000/- which would not only have very rare and intricate designs but would also be woven with real gold and silver threads. The fabric woven in traditional ways even after many centuries is renowned as the “MAHAVASTRA” meaning "the great, royal fabric, fit to be worn for ones own wedding. No wonder then, It has long been an essential piece in any girls wedding trousseau.

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