Sunday 19 November, 2017
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Exquisite Banarasi brocade

BY RANI SHARMA, RANEEZ BOUTIQUE

A legacy of Indian world-renowned textile revival work, the project ‘Varanasi weaves’ was undertaken to re-create the aesthetics of the weaves once hand loomed in Kashi, which is perhaps the world’s last and only surviving hand brocading center.

The new revivalist collection reinvigorates the colorcast drape and the subtle gold embellishments handcrafted on exquisite hand-woven fabrics; saris and lehengas of the royal Indian era.

Unfortunately, in the last 100 years the designs and sensation of the gold and silver brocading of Banaras have gone through a change, diminishing the heritage of the exclusive Banarasi weaves. In an effort towards their revival, designs have been inspired by vintage fabrics and unique collections and have used looms and the talents of the designers of this unique ancient city.

Brocade Skirt with Velvet Top: This skirt is decorated with multi-thread colored embroidery work. The sari skirt is decorated with three colors, so it called 3-D designer skirt. The dupatta is decorated with lace border work. The blouse is embellished with light embroidery work.

Brocade jacket: This stunning green black gold jacket is perfect for any party. It is hand woven in pure silk and cut to flatter. It is perfect for both summer and winter.

Makeup with silk brocade fabric: go bright with the bronzer and light on eye makeup. Finish with plum medium lipstick.

Jewelry: Pair with kundan and polki earrings and necklace.
Purse: silk solid color clutch.
Sandals: gold colored pencil heels.

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