The silken opulence of Varanasi or Kashi is celebrated since the pre-Buddha era. Thus, the fine silk weaving techniques, brocades and textures can be said to have unrolled over the centuries. It is important to note that, only those sarees, woven in Varanasi, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Bhadohi, Jaunpur and Azamgarh districts are permitted to market as Banarasi brocade sarees.
The proficiency of Banarasi weavers lies in crafting heavenly yet graceful sarees with Kadhua, Kadiyal, Meenakari, Tanchoi, Jangla, Jamdani weaving techniques. Over the years, the brocade weavers have even adopted techniques from the weaving styles of Paithani, Patola and Jamavar. These styles themselves have been cross-vested with regional techniques. Hence, we can say that Banarasi is a confluence of rich weaving skills.
This intricate brocade work is rendered with motifs inspired by flora & fauna and Nagari & Persian calligraphy in Zari details. It has achieved prime status as it is adorned by brides and public figures. The brocades enhance the look of interiors of palatial properties and leave visitors mesmerised.