The Banarasi silk brocade of Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, is the ultimate bridal fabric when it comes to Indian weddings. Brides from north and east India, who wear a saree, as their bridal ensemble, can’t think of any other saree but a royal Banarasi. The luscious katan silks, the woven zari designs on the resham, the colorful minakari zari designs breaking the monotony of gold and silver – nothing can beat the grandeur of Banarasi brocade fabrics. These sarees and attires are treated as preciously as expensive jewellery and passed on from generation to generation as heirloom.
The Banarasi silk brocades breathe luxury and royalty. They are timeless and every bride’s dream is to possess royal Banarasi outfit as part of her wedding trousseau. Now, is there any way in which a Banarasi brocade can be used to design lehengas? Why not! Banarasi lehengas are being loved and revered by brides these days. If you are a bride to be, you can invest in one for your trousseau or even wear one on the day of the wedding. Take a look at the 35 bespoke Banarasi lehengas to get inspired and customize your own look.
35 Inspiring Banarasi Lehengas
1. Banarasi Borders
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Heavy zari and silk brocade weaves can become difficult to carry! A great trick is to go for lehengas with heavy Banarasi borders. The rest of the outfit may be in a solid dark tone like maroon. The dupattas should also have Banarasi borders. These borders may be complemented with a bit of zari embroidery or zardozi work.
2. Banarasi Lehenga with Velvet Dupatta
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Rich textures blend well with each other! Banarasi brocades look very good with luxurious velvet weaves in deep tones! A Banarasi lehenga in a subtle color will be complimented well by a dark velvet dupatta with an ornate, zari embroidered border.
3. Fusion Banarasi Lehengas
We have shown you how good contemporary top wear looks with Banarasi skirts. But pairing a rich silk brocade in a deep tone with an equally rich and dark silk shirt, takes the concept of fusion ethnic wear to another dimension! This look is a hit in all occasions except the wedding day! Pair the outfit with antique gold jewellery to give out that “boho” vibe!
4. Bright Colors with Subtle Tones
A golden yellow and gold Banarasi brocade weave is paired with a beige choli and beige net dupatta! What is exceptional is that the beige has a subtle pink tone which magically complements the golden undertone of the skirt! Checkout more of Yellow Lehengas.
5. Banarasi Lehenga with Velvet Choli
Combine dark toned Banarasi brocades like browns and maroons with darker velvet cholis and net dupattas – it creates the most sophisticated looks! This pleated skirt looks amazing with the high neck choli and net dupatta studded with stones. The statement neckpiece is the cherry on the cake. Checkout more of velvet lehengas.
6. Red Bridal Banarasi Lehenga
This gorgeous bridal outfit speaks for itself. If you want a traditional Banarasi lehenga, giving out the quintessential Banarasi saree vibe, go for such an outfit. Checkout more of Red Bridal Lehengas.
7. Banarasi Lehenga with Double Dupatta Style
A royal pink Banarasi bridal lehenga with gold and minakari work in purple, red and green comes with the double dupatta style. The dupatta draped over the bride’s head is in another royal Banarasi weave – this time in mauve!
8. The Black Banarasi
Though black in a very unlikely choice for a wedding outfit, the gorgeousness of the zari and minakari designs on the jet black silk, just can’t be ignored! Black Banarasi fabric takes design language to a whole new level. Keep such a lehenga for post wedding appearances and pre-wedding occasions like bachelorette etc.
9. Purple-Blue Lehenga for Pre Wedding Photo Shoot
The brightest colors look best in photographs. This couple has color-coordinated their outfits for a pre wedding extravaganza. Both wear bright purple-toned blues and the bride flaunts a beautiful and luxurious blue Banarasi lehenga skirt. Checkout more of Blue lehengas.
10. Orange and Red Tiered Banarasi Lehenga
All the bright warm tones come together in this lehenga! The skirt has intricate zari and thread interwoven design with the hues running in horizontal panels. The Banarasi dupatta is in a bright red tone with woven zari motifs.
11. Tomato Red Bridal Banarasi Lehenga
If you are looking for a Banarasi lehenga to wear for the wedding ceremony, choose a color like this one! A cross between red and orange and with a stark warm tone, this wedding lehenga in Banarasi fabric is simply stunning!
12. Blue and Pink Lehenga
Use different types of designs of the Banarasi weave and juxtapose them on your lehenga! The choli and skirt showcase minakari motifs while the dupatta is in one solid tone, studded with zari bootas and polkis. Checkout more of Pink Lehenga.
13. Red Bridal Banarasi Lehenga
What does a traditional red bridal Banarasi saree look like if it magically transforms into a lehenga? The result can’t have been more stunning than this outfit!
14. Yellow Lehenga in Banarasi Weave
Though yellow won’t be the first choice for a bridal ensemble, outfits such us this compel us to think differently! The Banarasi weave itself is so splendid, any color looks grand on it! This Lehenga Saree goes perfectly in a Haldi Ceremony.
15. Fuchsia Pink Bridal Ensemble in Banarsi
South actor – Shivathmika Rajashekar – donned a magnificent fuchsia pink Banarasi lehenga for a wedding function! She looks nothing short of ethereal.
16. The Classic Gold Boota Look
The bride wears a contrasting pink and blue Banarasi lehenga for a pre-bridal appearance! The lehenga flaunts the classic all-over boota look! The skirt has dense work on the bottom part.
17. Cobalt Blue Bridal Lehenga
Cobalt blue might not be the foremost choice for bridal wear, especially for the day of the wedding! But, royal weaves such as these will surely change your mind!
18. Red Banarasi Dream
The Bengali Bride is synonymous with a red Banarasi saree! The creators of this outfit have just given such a saree the silhouette of a lehenga, combining the best of both worlds.
19. Orange and Pink Bridesmaid’s Banarasi Lehenga
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It is a misconception that the Banarasi weave is exclusively meant for brides! Such a beautiful color combination and design carries the essence of youthful flutter and would look great on bridesmaids, sisters of bride or groom etc.
20. Pink Bridal Banarasi Lehenga
The splendid pink and gold Banarasi skirt steals the show! The choli is in a traditional Rajputana cut and the dupatta flaunts an ornate border.
21. Banarasi Weaves and Pastel Tones
A Banarasi lehenga is not synonymous with a heavy outfit, both in terms of work as well as color! As Banarasi is a silk weave it can never come in matte textures but subtle shades can still be used! This lehenga in a pastel blue and silver weave would be great for any pre-wedding function.
22. With a Jacket
The Banarasi lehenga skirt is so gorgeous in itself that you can easily pair it will fusion top wear to create unique looks. Such a beautiful outfit would rule the dance floor on the sangeet night. Checkout more of Cape aka Jacket Lehenga.
23. With a Peplum Top
Choose a dark Banarasi silk fabric like wine or berry and pair it will a top with a unique cut. On any pre-wedding function, such a look is sure to impress.
24. Banarasi Lehenga for Haldi
Nothing can match up to the grandeur of traditional color combinations, especially on exotic weaves like the Banarasi brocade. The gold, the red and the golden yellow look mesmerizing when put together on the Banarasi palette.
25. Contrast Banarasi Lehenga Choli
To preserve and flaunt the intricate zari motifs on the luscious silk of a Banarasi brocade fabric choose a gorgeous Banarasi lehenga skirt and pair it with a simple, traditional choli in a contrast shade. Take a Banarasi dupatta.
26. Pink and Mint Banarasi Bridal Lehenga
An authentic bridal Banarasi lehenga! The bright pink of the skirt perfectly contrasts the mint green of the choli and dupatta! A subtle yet beautiful color combination upholds the exquisite work on the fabric.
27. Banarasi Lehenga with a cape
Looking for creative options for post wedding appearances? Choose a gorgeous Banarasi lehenga skirt and pair it with top-wear that is contemporary! The two colors in this outfit – dark green and gold with dark blue – complement each other like a dream! The luxurious silk of the skirt is also looking great with the decadent velvet of the choli. But what really makes this outfit unique is the sheer cape, giving the traditional outfit a contemporary look.
28. Cholis in Neutral Tones
The perfect blend of grandeur and simplicity – such an outfit is born for a pre-wedding photo shoot. The gorgeous pink and gold lehenga skirt is being beautifully contrasted with the white choli.
29. More Contemporary Cholis
The trendiest ways to style larger-than-life Banarasi lehenga skirts is pairing them with contemporary cholis in contrast as well as similar tones. This outfit uses the same navy blue but the choli is off-shoulder and comes with puffy sleeves, creating a perfect balance of tradition and new-age!
30. Banarasi Florals
Pair an embroidered floral choli with a larger-than-life flared Banarasi lehenga skirt. This one is in a pale pink and gold tone. The zari threads do not form distinct motifs. Instead, the pink and gold threads have been interwoven to give the fabric an embossed, textured floral look. Checkout more of Floral Lehenga.
31. Net Ornate Dupattas with Banarasi Weaves
The Banarasi weave is a heavy fabric – both in terms of weight and looks! The richness of the fabric can be aptly complemented with the dreamy lightness of a net dupatta! In this case, two contrasting tones – dark green and royal blue – have been used! The dupatta has an ornate border.
32. A Silk Shirt with Tie-up Detail
More ideas for fusion Benarasi lehengas! The skirt is in a matte gold and deep lilac tone! The silk shirt has tie-up detail and its color, though from the lilac family, is distinctly deeper with a purplish undertone. This fusion look is great for pre-wedding functions like the mehendi or sangeet.
33. Monotones in Banarasi
This Banarasi lehenga is unlike anyone we have seen so far! It uses the same color – bright pink – for all the three components of the outfit! In fact, the lehenga skirt and choli are in the same pink and gold brocade while the dupatta border has a slightly different kind of work done! The choli has full bell sleeves.
34. Juxtapose Bright Hues – Banarasi Lehenga
When two bright colors – hot pink and azure blue – are juxtaposed, they create a beautiful fusion of hues! Add to that the grandeur of the Banarasi weave and you just can’t go wrong!
35. Banarasi Lehenga – The Royal Weave
The Banarasi weave is a royal one! In bygone eras, it was the royalty of our country who encouraged and provided patronage for the development of this art! Even today, it is a favourite with them. The Maharani of Baroda or Vadodara wears a gorgeous red and gold Banarasi lehenga! Her beauty is unparalleled in this outfit!
Banarasi lehengas are getting popular with brides these days as they look nothing short of magnificent but at the same time are quite light compared to those lehengas that have a lot of heavy thread work, zari, stone or sequin work! The richness of the silk provides a lustre of its own and being hand woven, Banarasi weaves are very skin friendly. You can also combine Banarasi weaves with other arts such as thread work, zardozi etc. Get a couple of Banarasi lehengas for your wedding trousseau and trust us, you will not regret it!
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