About Us

Banarasi Niketan Private Limited was established by Sri Ashoke Kumar Saha in the year 2000. For over 40 years, his expertise in the saree industry has lead us to become one of the most renowned names amongst saree retailers in the city of Kolkata. He has dedicated his entire life in creating ideas for designing exclusive sarees for our valued customers. Over the years our store has grown and now is spread around 3000 sq ft in 3 floors in the heart of North Kolkata in “Shyambazar”.

We offer different range of sarees from traditional to trendy, from bridal collection and party wear to regular-wear, procured and manufactured from all parts of India. We have highly qualified designers and an equally efficient production house to meet the varying demands of customers. The Bengal handloom is popular all over the world for the production of beautiful and comfortable cotton sarees. Various colours, patterns, textures, designs infused with femininity and elegance create these traditional sarees. These form a quintessential part of the wardrobe of an Indian woman. We pride in getting these cotton and tussar sarees specially manufactured and presented to our customers from the most rural and interior parts of Bengal. These are indispensable, be it for daily wear (at home or work) or part of the festivities. Also the exclusive ‘Baluchari’ and ‘Dhakai’ sarees from Bengal are in never-ending demand from Bengalies all over the world.

As our name suggests, the Benarasi sarees from our collection are a must have for the Indian bride while the Katan, Zardosi, Kanjivaram silk, Assam silk, Hyderabadi Ikkat, Kotki from Oddisa and Silks from South India are wonderfully suited for reception and other occasions. Our store also has a beautiful collection of Maheswari linen silk sarees in both traditional and contemporary styles. Our designer Lehengas are another great attraction for young ladies and girls.

In this new revolutionary era of e-commerce, we have come out with our collection to reach customers all over the world for whom it is not possible to physically reach our store but without whom we are incomplete.

History of Saree

The 6 yard long cloth, which still wins the hearts of most women, has a beautiful history. You might wonder who the first woman to wear a sari was. Though none can answer this question, we do have details of how the word sari originated. ‘Sari’ is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Sati'. Sati means a strip of cloth. This sound first evolved into 'Sadi' and then into 'Sari'.

There are some indications which suggest that the sari originated in the Indus Valley Civilization sometime in between 2800 to 1800 BC. This certainly proves that Sari has come a long way, however, it is difficult to decipher the exact size or the draping style then employed. Moreover, very much like today, we can assume there was variety and diversity in both areas. Even today, in some states of southern India, a nine-yard long saree is worn and as most Indians may well be aware of, sarees are draped in divergent styles in different parts of the country.

The common feature however, in most draping styles, is leaving the midriff bare. This is because according to the beliefs of Hinduism, the navel is the source of life and creativity (through it the foetus/fetus is fed).

Dhoti, Indian men's traditional attire, is believed to be the forerunner of saree. Historians say that until the 14th century, dhoti was being worn by both men and women. In some parts of the country, Dhotis are still a common wear for Indian men during festivals and marriages while it is a regular wear in most parts of rural India. It is believed that apart from dhoti, men and women also wore lungi (sarong) in their daily life. To cover the upper part of their bodies, women wore breast bands. Another unstitched cloth was used to cover the shoulders and head. Many old sculptures show a variety in sari draping styles by men and women.

Commonly referred to as the Odissi Fishtail wrap, where the saree is draped around the legs and the pallu hangs from the centre lengthwise, has been dated back to 1-6th century. There are also sculptures of gods and goddesses wearing a saree in the Odissi Fishtail style. It is believed that then both men and women used the same style of draping a saree.

In India, a beautiful figure is judged by a slim waist, and the curves of the body. A saree which exposes the waist and highlights the curves is considered a perfect dress for Indian women.


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