Traditional Banarsi patterns

Traditional Banarsi patterns

Traditional Banarasi patterns are the designs/concepts that have long been used for weaving on Banarasi sarees. These motifs are influenced by mythology, religion and the natural world. We discuss some of the patterns that are commonly used in this region of India.

Floral patterns

The beautiful floral patterns on Banarasi sarees, which frequently include roses, lotuses, and other flowers, are well renowned. These designs are typical of Banarasi sarees and stand for elegance, grace, and femininity.

Paisley patterns

Paisleys are Persian teardrop-shaped patterns also referred to as ambi motifs. They are a common design element in Banarasi sarees and are frequently incorporated into elaborate border patterns which may also include floral elements

Peacock Patterns

The peacock is a motif that is found in Indian textiles and commonly used in Banarasi saris that represent beauty, elegance and taste. While the peacock is also used as motifs in other parts of India, in Banaras they are generally used as part of an elaborate floral concept.

Animal Designs

Banarasi motifs can have peacocks as well as other animal designs such as elephants, horses and birds. This pattern is often used to symbolize power, strength and freedom. Birds and animal patterns are also commonly used on Banarasi sarees.

Geometric Patterns

While many Banarasi clothing patterns are inspired by nature, there are also geometric patterns popular in saris. These can include checkerboard patterns, stripes, and zigzags.

Mythological Patterns

Banarasi sarees often feature motifs from Indian mythology such as lotus (associated with goddess Lakshmi) and mango (associated with lord Ganesha). These are used either in the body or in the paloo of the saree. 

Here are some Banarasi sarees curated from the house of Parisera



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