A heritage weave that owes its origins to Banaras, the ancient city on the banks of the river Ganga that has now become synonymous with it, too, Banarasi is a weave that has been a part of the treasure troves and trousseaus of many former queens of India who were fashion rainmakers of their times. It is famous for the intricate embroidery, brocade zaris in colours both gold and silver and heavy weft engravings – which gives the fabric its idiosyncratic opulence. Banarasi sarees are often woven with motifs that draw heavily from Mughal designs such as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs. These sarees are found in mostly bold colours like ceremonial red to navy blue and are covered with unbridled embroidery. Although this variant of silk has always been associated with weddings in India, the younger, more urban demographic is unafraid to experiment with its less heavy versions for occasions other than pheras.
Even though a Banarasi saree will look imperial in any form, at Aza, it is sacrosanct to have only those which are truly the most resplendent. Here’s presenting our collection that’s cram-full of our handpicked selections. Ahead, you’ll find steal-worthy pieces from designers like Sailesh Singhania, Latha Puttana and many more.