While scrolling through Instagram, I’ve noticed that Benarasi silk is making its way into all kinds of modern designs. This popular variant of silk that is commonly used to make the world-famous Benarasi silk sarees is now being used for all styles of clothing. Named after one of the oldest cities of Indis, Varanasi, Benarasi is a delicate silk fabric with gold and silver zari embroidery. Additionally, the exquisite designs of Benarasi silk featuring a variety of blooms are known to be inspired by the Mughal period. The weaving process, intricate threadwork and the holy origin of Benarasi silk have made it a symbolic material for brides on their wedding. But in today’s day, bridal or not, we believe everyone should own at least one Benarsi silk item.

So if you need helping choosing, here’s a list of 5 Benarasi designs you could invest in:

1) Brocade palazzos

The most unique utilisation of brocade is in these palazzo pants by Payal Khandwala. The luxurious gold brocade is handwoven on vibrant cobalt blue silk. As a result, the floral motifs stand out against its rich base colour. Wearable in several ways, you can opt to style it traditionally or in a more Indo-western fashion. Along with providing the grace of a lehenga, the panelled palazzos allow for easy movement. For a desi look, you can pair it with a brocade blouse in a contrasting colour and add on a simple dupatta. Alternatively, for a more contemporary vibe, pair the pants with a silk shirt and some simple accessories. These are going to be a wardrobe-favourite for sure!

2) Dupatta

A Benarasi dupatta is the best versatile item you can own. It’ll add that touch of luxe to any ethnic attire; a guaranteed winner. We all have Indian outfits that are relatively simple and in solid colours. Adding on a Benarasi dupatta that heavy on patterns will amp up your ensemble and compliment your outfit perfectly. We’ve got our eyes on this ivory handwoven Banrasi dupatta by Jaypore. The neutral base topped with vibrant motifs makes it easily pairable with so many outfits. Furthermore, you can also use it as a stylish shawl during winters.

3) Bridal lehenga

A heavy bridal lehenga is not everyone’s cup of tea. For those who want a simpler look, this red silk Benarasi lehenga by Ekaya Banaras might just be what you are looking for. The delicate floral motifs in gold, green and purple look magnificent against the scarlet backdrop. Teamed with traditional pieces of jewellery, it’ll make for a regal bridal ensemble similar to the bride in the picture.

4) Saree

Benarasi silk is most commonly used to craft sarees. Hence there’s no shortage of styles when it comes to a Benarasi silk saree. This purple number with peacock motifs by Raw Mango is perfect for its not too heavy yet elegant. The peacocks are a refreshing change of motifs in comparison to the floral designs that are most commonly used on Benarasi sarees.

5) Stylish Lehenga

For a more modern approach to Benarasi outfits, look to Anita Dongre‘s collection enhanced with ethnic Rajasthani elements. Take for example this luminous sea green lehenga by the designer that will take you from weddings to other traditional festivities in style. The glimmering hue and the ivory-hued blooms on the skirt are truly the winning elements of the outfit and will guarantee you a plenty of compliments.

Which style do you like the most and would like to invest in? Tell us in the comments below.

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