Katan Silk: Know the Banarasi fabric that you adorn

Indian wedding and Banarasi sarees

Wedding season and wedding bells ringing: what is the kind of saree that strikes in an Indian mind first? I am sure we all agree that the two important types of silk in India are either Banarasi silk saree or Kanchipuram silk

Marriage is one of the most important events in any woman's life. Every woman believes that she should be looking her gorgeous best ever on that day. So, the wedding silk saree that she wears needs to be necessarily significant, grand and bright looking.

For decades together, Banarasi Silk saree has been an important part of the Indian bride wardrobe. They rarely fail to flatter a woman, making her feel most delicate, feminine and bride-like. An Indian bride who is clad in Banarasi designer saree complete with her solah sringar, has that royal and opulent look, that goes beyond description and words.

Banarasi Wedding Sarees

Banarasi Saree is an Indian woman’s coveted possession till date. They are available in various designs, colours and textures such as handwoven Banarasi silk sarees, Tussar silk sarees, Katan Silk sarees, Tissue sarees, Georgette sarees, etc.

Banarasi silk sarees are traditionally made at Varanasi or Benaras, the holy city of India in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Banarasi sarees are differentiated based on the fabric and different designs.

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Know your Banarasi fabric: Katan silk


Katan is a plain-woven fabric with pure silk threads. It consists of two threads twisted together and is mostly used for the warp of light fabrics. In Katan silk, which is term locally used in Varanasi, the yarn is prepared by twisting various silk filaments that makes it very sturdy and durable. It is handwoven using both a pure silk warp and weft. This fabric of silk is extremely fine, soft and lustrous and has made Banarasi renowned the world over.

Origin of Katan Silk

The origin of Katan silk saree goes back to Persia and the women from the royal family during the Mughal empire, who were known to wear luxurious and elaborately designed clothes using Katan Silk. Due to its sturdy nature and the royal look it had, the royal women used to adorn elaborately designed clothes in fabric using Katan Silk

Nur Jahan Begum has been always remembered for designing and popularizing new fashions and design using the fabric Katan Silk

Varieties of weaves on Katan silk sarees

Some of the varieties of weaves used to produce Katan silk sarees are:

  • Jamdani: This weave is characterized by using a light and translucent fabric with the patterns in the thicker thread for an effect. Click Jamdani Katan Silk Saree

    Katan Silk


    • Jangla: This technique includes heavy and intricate weaving with floral and bird motifs, which represent the jungle. The patterns are woven in gold and silver zari. Click here – Jangla Katan Silk Saree


    •  Tanchoi: This is a warp-faced, satin base fabric and always woven using silk extra weft ornamentation on a silk ground of plan, twill or satin weave. Click here for Tanchoi Katan Silk Saree


    • Kinkhab: The specialty is the use of profuse gold or silver thread that the silk background is hardly visible. See the collection of Kinkhab Dupattas


      Latest trends on Katan Silk

      To wrap up, these days most widely common woven forms of Katan silk that you can see include the following:

      • Katan Jaal Set: This type has floral motifs or patterns all over the fabric.
      • Katan with Kadhua Buti and Meenakari
      • Katan Buti Zari Resham: This is the same fabric with a few styling innovations which has given it a more modern look
      • Katan stripes and checks, which have been seen as the latest trends on the runway.

      Katan Jaal Saree


      Katan Kadhua Saree





      While adorning the beautiful Banarasi Katan Silk saree, you may steal the style of Bollywood divas like the stunning Shilpa Shetty or the gorgeous Karishma Kapoor, who carry themselves beautifully in this six yards of elegance

      Khinkhwab and Katan Silk

      If you are looking at option to buy silk sarees online which are in pure Katan silk, you can find them on Khinkhwab. You can see all the latest Katan silk sarees online. The Katan silk saree price ranges starting from Rs. 10k and goes up to Rs.60k

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