Katan Silk is a type of silk that is created by twisting together filaments of silk to create a sturdier and more durable fabric. Katan is one of the soft,light and the finest quality of silk, also very much similar to the characteristics of mulberry silk. Banarasi Katan silk sarees are the most looked after for when talking about banarasi and a must for a bridal trousseau.
2. KORA ORGANZA
Kora silk is one of the variety of Banarasi, which is also known as organza. The designing of these comfortable and light in weight fabrics involves in different painstaking steps. Kora Silk is a thin plain weave sheer fabric of Silk. The craftsman weaves it from silk worm which consists of thin spun threads.The sheer, almost-see-through nature of the fabric helps maintain a weightlessness to it, which coupled with the sheen it derives from the silk yarns, adds the required tone of glamour to one’s outfit.
3. KHADDI GEORGETTE/CHIFFON
Banarasi khaddi Georgette is a sheer, lightweight, crêpe fabric named after the early 20th century French dressmaker Georgette de la Plante. Originally made from silk, Georgette is made with highly twisted yarns. Its characteristic crinkly surface is created by alternating silk yarns in both the wrap and the weft. Banarasi khaddi georgette sarees are among the finest sarees in india and are known for its rich use of zari and lovely dyes.Another name for georgette is chiffon which is also very much commonly used and the basic difference between the two is their appearance and weight. Georgette has a thicker ply resulting in a heavier and more durable fabric.
Tussar silk, also commonly known as Ghicha silk (the undyed form of tussar silk) or kosa silk originated from Sanskrit language, is produced from larvae of several species of silkworms belonging to the moth genus. These silkworms live in the wild forests in trees belonging to Terminalia species and Shorea robusta as well as other food plants like jamun and oak found in South Asia, eating the leaves of the trees they live on.Tussar silk is valued for its rich texture and natural deep gold colour. Banarasi Tussar silk sarees are the must for an indian women trousseau as it is one of the coolest fabric, the most breathable one.
Dupion (also referred to as dupioni or douppioni) is another form of pure silk, light in weight with a shimmering, crisp texture.The double-thread nature of the silk makes it stronger than other silk variants. It is known to have many lumpy, lateral strands of thread that are called slubs. It is very resistant to wrinkles and can hold a crease pretty well. People often call banarasi dupian silk as Khadi silk.
Chanderi saris also known as Sico (Silk by cotton) are produced by using the best quality of silks in the warp and the finest quality of cottons in the weft, leading to a smooth and durable fabric and give an elegant rich look on drape. Records show that craftsman and artisans wove chanderi fabrics for the royals during the 12th and 13th centuries. Chanderis are considered best for the summers as it keeps you cool with its pure cotton ingredient.
Monga silk is known for its extreme durability and has a natural yellowish-golden tint with a shimmering and glossy texture. It was previously reserved for the use of royalty. It is one of the finest and ancient silk materials, woven from Muga Silk yarns extracted from delicate Muga silkworms prominently found in the north-eastern parts of India.
Tissue fabrics are well known for their lustre and fine finish. It is made by the combination of metallic thread (zari) in the weft and coloured silk yarn in the warp. This combinations produces a fabric which is translucent, giving a classy look, thus being one of the favourites of the wedding bridie.
Linen is regarded as one of the oldest textile obtained from linseed or flax plant fibres. It has a natural shine, which when blended with silk, gets enhanced. Linen has a highly absorbing quality and dries faster than cotton because of which it is a preferred fabric during summers. It has a resilient strength and is glossy and durable.
10. RAW SILK
Silk containing sericin is known as raw silk. It is untreated silk fibers, coiled from the cocoon, and therefore, can be easily transformed into versatile fabrics and garments. Raw silk has been in the garment industry for decades. India stands as the second-largest manufacturer of this heart throbbing fiber. .