Handicraft Handloom
Banarasi Sarees

Name of Gi Registered Product : Banaras Brocades and Sarees
Name of State : Uttar Pradesh
Certificate Date :04/09/2009
Applicant Name &Address :
1. Banaras Bunkar Samiti, Sharma Katra, Rangoli Garden, Chouraha, Near Rangoli Garden Restaurant, Sarnath, Varanasi- 221007 Uttar Pradesh
2. Human Welfare Association 5-15/116 2 AC, Mawaiya, Sarnath, Varanasi -221007, Uttar Pradesh
3. Jt. Director Industries (Eastern Zone), Lahartara office of GMIDIC, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh & 6 others


Banaras Brocade Sarees are made of finely woven silk and decorated with intricate designs using zari; this ornamentation is what makes the sarees heavy. Their special characteristics are Mughal-inspired designs/elements such as intricate floral and foliate motifs, such as kalga and bel. Other features are gold work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, “jali” (a net-like pattern) and “meena” work. These are woven on the conventional Banaras hand loom jacquard, sometimes with “jala”, “pagia” and “naka” attachments for the creation of motifs.

A Compendium of Geographical Indications (GI) II Handicrafts of India 1165

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