8 Jan 2024

Weavers in Varanasi creating stunning Banarasi saris themed around Ram Mandir, surge in demand expected

Weavers in Varanasi are creating stunning Banarasi saris themed around the Ram Mandir, anticipating a surge in demand ahead of the temple's consecration ceremony on January 22. These custom-designed Saris feature intricate patterns such as Ram Mandir motifs on the pallu, depictions of Lord Ram's life stages, and 'Shri Ram' inscriptions along the border.

As the first phase of the temple nears completion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to participate in the consecration ceremony. Weavers, particularly in the Mubarakpur and Peeli Kothi areas, are witnessing heightened enthusiasm within the Varanasi weaving community for this grand event.

3 types of saris are being crafted

Anisur Rahman, a weaver from Mubarakpur, expressed the unique sentiment surrounding these saris, stating that while saris with historical detailing are always popular, the emotional connection to the Ram temple theme sets these creations apart. Rahman mentioned three types of saris being crafted: those with Ram temple inscriptions on red and yellow fabric, bordered with golden 'Shri Ram'; colorful saris with 'Shree Ram' borders; and detailed saris depicting Lord Ram's life stages.

International orders for saris

Madan, another weaver from Peeli Kothi, highlighted the demand for saris featuring 'Ram Darbar' on the pallu and mentioned international orders, including two from the US. These specially themed sarees are priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 1 lakh.

Banarasi silk, renowned for its craftsmanship, reflects the cultural heritage of the region through royal brocades, intricate motifs, and vibrant hues. Madan emphasized the design language developed over the years, inspired by the diverse cultures and traditions that have influenced the weaving ecosystem in Banaras.

Prime Minister Modi's call for lighting special diyas, Shri Ram Jyoti, during the historic Ram temple consecration ceremony has added to the fervor surrounding the event. The weavers are not only creating fashionable statements but also contributing to the collective celebration of this significant cultural moment.

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