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Often a part of an Indian bridal trousseau is a Banarasi sari. Banaras, famous for holy ghats, began weaving silk brocades in the seventeenth century long after the Mughals set foot in India. Craftsmen borrowed ideas from the Mughal period- floral and foliage motifs- to create a unique style of their own. Banarasi silk saris are deemed to be environment friendly using natural dyes made from wildflowers and fruits. Each saree is a result of hard and patient work and takes from 15 days to 6 months to make. The silk is generally decorated with engravings that tend to add depth to the sari, making it relatively heavy. Each sari is visually a stunning piece of artwork because of its detailed figures and compact weaving.
Fondly worn at weddings, women often save their best jewelry to complement these saris