Bridal Fashion

Kanjivaram, Silk or Banarasi: Hottest Saree Trends you need to know about

Shivani Malhotra, 14 Mar 2018

Having grown up in Indian families with weddings taking place within a span of few seasons, we all have seen our mothers beautifully draped in those vintage sarees and taking our eyes off them were a task. 

Don't we all remember stealing dupattas from our mother's wardrobe to drape it as a saree and adore ourselves in it?! Well, the scenario hasn’t changed much since then, we still feel so much connected to our traditions and have a special corner for sarees.

With a plethora of bridal outfit options jamming our Instagram feeds, we often end up ignoring with fashion we truly connect with. So, if saree is an emotion for you and other silhouettes are overshadowing it, it’s time to decide.

A saree fan should never miss out on certain trends and currently, Silk, Kanjivaram and Banarasi are the most preffered sarees making rounds in the industry. To know each kind of saree in detail, keep reading! 

Kanjivaram

Kanjivaram sarees are brides current best friend, originated from Tamil Nadu are now winning hearts in North. Kanjivaram silk is considerably thicker than other silks and therefore, heavier the silk, better the quality. Being on the expensive side; they are much more functional as can be wore on other occasions also. Usual motifs are of peacocks, parrots, temple motifs and buttas. The light brocade work makes them more enticing and easy to carry. How to keep a check that the shopkeeper is not fooling you with fake kanjivaram saree? As the designs on these sarees are weaved with golden threads and elaborated zari work.

Tip: While buying a kanjivaram saree, find a loop of zari thread and pull it out, it should not be of any other colour than red.

Beautiful Bride in Kanjivaram
Source Jackson James (#JKSN

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Banarasi

Banarasi sarees are Varanasi’s pride! Their richness in the intricate gold and silver brocade or zari work which makes them one of the gorgeous and heaviest saree. They comprise of finest woven silk and are usually made by hands, so they take a month to get completed. The designs are inspired by the Mughal era and are usually very different from kanjivarams. Popular designs include Diagonal Stripes and Floral motifs-mango & marigold mainly. A string of leaves in upward direction makes the border, popularly known as 'Jhallar'. Being heavy on embroidery with gold work, compact weaving and those small details makes them visually attractive.

Floral banarasi saree by Ekaya
Source Ekaya

Silk

Silk is the parent of kanjivarams and banarasi sarees. They are the most go-to choice for any wedding function. Also, Silk in itself has various categories. Out of all, Uppada Silk is famous for its real silk, gold and zari work. These sarees are typically embellished with peacocks and geometrical motifs in 'Jhamdhani' pattern. They are light in weight and look graceful. With a subtle touch of tradition, they raise the bar of feminine elegance.

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Handloom Silk Saree
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We hope you now know the difference between Silk, Kanjivaram and Banarasi Sarees. We sure are obliged to help!

Let us know your favourite saree, in the comments below!