Varanasi is a city of religious value in India. It is known for its Ganges and also it’s Banarasi Sarees. With its ancient spiritual stories, Varanasi has a lot to offer in terms of fashion. Intricacy, detail and precision is what the workers in Varanasi Preach.
Zari Work of Varanasi:
Zari work in Varanasi has been one of the oldest forms of craftsmanship. The craftsmen who did Zari work for the king’s family back then have passed it on to many generations and hence it still holds a magnificent aspect of design history. Varanasi Zari Work uses Zari thread that is called ‘kalabuttum’. It consists of finely drawn silver, gold or base metal threads that are wound round as silk thread. It is very interesting to watch the process and examine the results. As a designer of this age, using ancient techniques to create contemporary modern designs is what makes it a successful collection.
Weaving Process in Varanasi.
The ancient tradition of Weaving in India is most preserved in Varanasi. The weaving work is carefully done by a group of dedicated craftsmen and they like to be called ‘Karigars’ which means artists. And you bet they are. The work and dedication these craftsmen put into delivering such brilliant work is phenomenal. To be able to witness this ancient tradition and smell the fragrance of history throw the process is wonderful. Besides all this, the Weaving techniques can be very informative as we do not get to see where our fabrics are coming from until we get to meet the source.
The various processes that have been carried on from ages can be a direction to be inspired from and help realise the value of Indian Couture. Using methods that have been practised for ages, in India, and translating them to the your design style and aesthetic can be quite challenging and full filling. Like how Ritu Kumar incorporated the traditional weaving of Varanasi to give us this amazing collection, each one of us as designers are gifted to use our knowledge and create wonders.