Banarasi v/s Kanjivaram Saree
Indian Sarees are known world over for their grandeur and extravagant display of Indian artsy-craftsy traditions. They specialize in intricate designs and Indians have always taken pride in their exquisite brocades and hand woven silks. And its an essential core of any woman’s wardrobe. But when we talk of those soft and flowy silks, there is always a debate on whether one should go for those age old Banarasi silks woven amidst the hermit ghats of Banaras, or whether to drape in the seven yards of Kanchipuram’s world famous southern weaves.
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Banarasi sarees, too, are the finest saree in all of India. They are best known for their gold and silver brocade and silk embroideries and intricate thread work. They have exquisite designs and the engravings are heavy. Banarasi sarees usually carry designs inspired from the Mughal era, such as floral prints from Mughal murals and architecture.
Banarasi sarees take about 15 days upto a month to weave, to sometimes, even 6 months. And the make of the saree depends entirely on the way the threads are woven, making them an exotic make of Indian silk.
Kanjivaram sarees are a product of the many cottage crafts of Kanchipuram, which is one of the best and well known centres for the weaving of silk sarees in India. The silk sarees woven in Kanchipuram are woven naturally, with weeks and weeks of handmade toil going into the making of just one saree. These sarees can cost from as low as Rs 2500 or even whoop beyond Rs 1,00,000.
The weavers use three shuttles, with the weaver on the right with his aids on the left. And in these types of sarees, mostly the border is a different colour from the body. The special course of weaving is what makes these sarees exquisite and one of a kind.