They say, to each his own. Choices and preferences for anything are made with experiences and the gradual liking that grows with it. And when it is about sarees, of different varieties, women rarely make mistakes in choosing the most elegant, luxurious and unique ones. One such royal and beautiful variety of pure silk sarees are the Bhagalpur silk sarees that can be found in typical North Indian woman’s trousseau for sure.
Bhagalpuri Silk Sarees, also referred to as Tussar silk sarees, originates from Bhagalpur, Bihar. The town boasts of historical significance where the emergence and existence of silk fabrics with beautiful embroideries on them dates back to the Vedic age. The traditional Bhagalpuri silk sarees have a touch of Mauryan culture as well.
Experts believe that the growing preference for Bhagalpuri silk sarees is its cultural history. Bhagalpur, also known as the Silk City, about 200 years ago had a history of having skilled craftsmen who were known for their skills of weaving Bhagalpuri silk sarees, a special and different kind from the other pure silk saree varieties.
The yarn for making a Bhagalpuri silk saree is done by the process of segregation of silk threads from the tussar coccons. Interestingly, close to one lakh people work towards separating the silk from the cocoons. At present, Bhagalpur has a pool of at least 35,000 weavers who work with 25,000 looms. Retail experts are of the opinion that Bhagalpuri silk sarees make a business of more 100 crores per annum.
The uniqueness of a Bhagalpuri silk saree is the dying technique which makes the patterns and the art different from the other types of silk sarees. The technique has contributed towards making this variety of pure silk saree popular not only in India but in the European countries and USA.
Bhagalpuri silk sarees is mostly popular across the country for its many specialties and the varieties that are prominent in its artwork and designs. Mulberry, Giccha, Katia and Eri amongst the many varieties of Tussar silk yarn help in bringing about delicateness and a subtle fabric look to the texture of the saree. The varieties help in bringing about an essence of richness and royalty with different kinds of motifs and designs printed on them. Although the traditional look still rules the game, the present day designers and fabric experts are innovating with the patterns and motifs to reinvent the designs and give them a modernised look. In fact, many designers have taken a step ahead and created household adornments such as table mats, cushion covers and bed covers with Bhagalpuri silk. These furnishing materials are gaining popularity fast owing to the innovative style of interior decoration that many are following today.
Bhagalpuri silk sarees are mostly preferred for wearing on traditional occasions such as religious ceremonies, family meetings or celebrations within the family. However, with the innovative designs and the changes in the materials, many women are now choosing Bhagalpuri silk sarees for official gatherings or cultural events at workplace. The delicateness and the modernised motifs have made way for making Bhagalpuri silk sarees a choice of formal wear. Not only India, but in countries across the globe, Bhagalpuri silk sarees have been successful in becoming a preferred choice of pure silk saree with elegant embroideries.
Bhagalpuri silk sarees are also preferred more owing to the comparatively easy method of maintenance. These are usually dry washed to keep the brightness as well as the richness of material intact, followed by handwashing to make it last longer.