A banarasi silk sareeis commonly thought to be a plain old banarasi saree with a silk border, but did you know that there are various other varieties of banarasi sarees and dupattas to pick from?

A Banarasi sari is made in Varanasi, commonly known as Benares, a historic city (Banaras). 

The saris are famed for their gold and silver brocade or zari, quality silk, and lavish embroidery and are among the finest sarees of India. 

Banarasi sarees have long been a feature of wardrobes of Indian women, reigning supreme from legendary times to the present day. Banarasi silk sarees have been blooming for generations, and the trend has now extended to Banarasi dupattas.

Choose the best banarasi silk saree from this list of different types of banarasi silk saree from Chinaya Banaras for your big day, festival, or any gathering.

Different Types of Banarasi Silk Sarees

Banarasi sarees first emerged during the Mughal Empire, when Muslim artists and weavers chose Banaras as the location that best suited their culture and began weaving silk Banarasi sarees.

There are several different varieties of Banarasi Sarees that a modern Indian woman can choose from. The silk saree is not the only type of Banarasi saree available.

This categorization not only separates the Banarasis into distinct sorts, but it also makes it easier to organize the options by occasion, functionality, and, of course, style.

As a result of the fabric employed, four unique categories of sarees have emerged: Katan, Shattir, Organza (Kora), and Georgette.

Furthermore, the classification is expressed in kinds such as Jangla, Tanchoi, Cutwork, Tissue, and Butidar based on design.

  1. Katan Silk Sarees
A woman draped into a yellow katan silk gold zari saree with floral kadhwa weave


Katan is a plain fabric made of pure silk threads that are twisted and then woven together precisely to create enduring sarees.

Katan Silk is used to weave the majority of the luxurious Banarasi silk sarees as is both sturdy and shiny, making it ideal for a fabric used to weave a celebratory wear saree.

  1. Shattir Silk Sarees

The varieties of Shattir Banarasi sarees, which are comparatively lighter and less sophisticated than the Katan ones, may help to integrate Banarasi sarees into mainstream everyday modern fashion. 

Shattirs, the fabric used to create contemporary designs on these sarees, are also inexpensive, making them more accessible to everyone.

  1. Organza (Kora) Silk Sarees
A woman draped into a green organza saree with floral embroidery and stone work

Organza Silk sarees are traditionally constructed from yarn and are created by tightly twisting different threads and then weaving them together to give the firm structure and gloss.

This variation stands out for the richness of the aesthetic as well as the significant influence of the material, which features rich zari work in prominent tones of gold and silver.

The banarasi sarees with rich embroidery in organza fabric with zari and silk are smooth, silky, and shiny, making them an ideal choice for stealing away the show!

  1. Georgette Banarasi sarees
A woman draped into a purple hand painted tussar georgette khaddi saree


Georgette is a fabric constructed from finely twisted yarns that were originally made from silk. It is one of the lightest fabrics and is weaved into stunning Banarasi georgette sarees with a particular flair.

The silky georgette fabric, made of crepe yarn, makes these banarasi sarees a thrill to drape with their contemporary and luscious yet comfortable appeal.

  1. Jangla Banarasi Sarees
Purple floral and figure printed tussar silk saree with jangla print

The name of Jangla Banarasi saree is inspired by ‘Jungle’ and the motifs of vegetation that are usually found across the saree.

The dense zari work on a Jangla saree is set apart by its exquisite weaving of motifs and patterns. Prints of hunting scenes, animals, birds, and human figures are also present, capturing the essence of ancient activities.

Jangla banarasi silk sarees, with their highly intricately woven border and hem, are great for making eccentric statements at weddings that are high on the exotic quotient as well as the grandeur.

  1. Tanchoi Banarasi sareeA navy blue tanchoi banarasi silk saree

Tanchoi weaving is a complicated and sophisticated technique that uses a handful of twists and two to five weft colors. These sarees are remarkably light and easy to wrap. 

These Banarasi sarees often feature intricately woven Jamawar style paisleys that often elaborate into a maze. The aesthetic achieved by the jamawar weaved into the fabric is of a silky etched finish, which is more glamorous and has the perfect appearance.

  1. Tissue Silk SareeA woman draped into a Grey tissue silk embellished saree with digital print

Tissue Silk Sarees have the most delicate appearance and craftsmanship of all of them. These are intricately woven tissue saree with a golden zari weft that gives them a rich lustrous texture.

Tissue banarasi, often known as the golden fabric because of its profuse gold zari weaving, is an excellent choice for any wedding or festival. These sarees have a particularly exuberant appeal to them due to their brilliance and sheen.

  1. Cutwork Banarasi sareeA woman draped in a blue organza saree with cutwork embroidery

Cutwork embroidery is well-known for its magnificence. Cutwork techniques used on Banarasi sarees enhance their beauty. The intricacy and astute simplicity of cutwork sarees take the love of all.

 Jasmine, marigold flowers, creepers, and leaves are among the most common motifs in cutwork sarees. These cutwork banarasi sarees make for the perfect everyday wear as it is one of the most inexpensive sarees of all.

  1. Butidar Banarasi sareeA crimson pink stripe printed tussar silk saree with gold zari buti work


Butidar sarees have the Buta or Buti all over them. It is a result of the Karhwa/Fekua weaving technique. 

Straight ‘butis’, half-drop ‘butis’, and a variety of different designs can be found on a Butidar Banarasi silk saree.

The butidar sarees are heavily woven Banarasi sarees with gold, silver, and silk brocades running through them. Angoor Bail, Gojar Bail, Luttar Bail, Khulta Bail, Baluchar Bail, Mehrab Bail, and many more are among the many traditional patterns and motifs that make up this luxuriant work of art. 

  1.  Jamdani Sarees

The word ‘Jamdani’ comes from Persian roots, where ‘Jam’ means flower and ‘Dani’ means vase. It runs counter to a saree with a lot of floral artwork on it, as seen on Jamdani sarees.

Jamdani Banarasis, formerly known as Dhakai Sarees, are a unique type of silk brocaded with cotton and, on rare occasions, zari threads.

It’s a hand-loomed fabric composed of high-quality cotton with only classic floral designs delicately woven on it.

These are the most basic types of Banarasi sarees that you can wear with pride. Before you relinquish Banarasi sarees entirely, explore these versions to see which one best suits you. Check out the authentic collection of various types of Banarasi silk sarees at Chinaya Banaras.

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