Varanasi Silk Handicraft
Varanasi Silk Handicraft
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Baarish
Mumbai, India565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
We were given a quick lesson in the famous Benares silk weaving at a wholesale Sankatha sarees( Rashmi sarees) .
Box after box of amazing hand loom woven silk sarees with intricate borders and colourful 'pallus' were laid out.
Kora,tissue ,jamvars,net sarees vied for attention.
Stoles,shawls and silk material were also available .
Written December 24, 2014
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Edwige C
Limoges, France6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
I find there really nice cover bed and silk scarf. Hé sent the packet direct to france in one week. This was the deal and all is complete. So perfect for me.
Written November 8, 2015
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Dibyendu P
Kolkata (Calcutta), India163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Visited this store for shopping in my recent Varanasi tour. Heard lots about Banarasi sarees. It's near dasaswamedh ghat. They have excellent collections. Behavior was good. They provide good price. But have to bergain.
Good place to shop saree in varanasi.

Written March 10, 2018
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Vijayanarayana S
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Me and my wife bought a silk saree for my mother from this shop as a souvenir from Varanasi. When my mother opened the saree to wear it she noticed that the saree was torn at several places. It was a huge dissapointment for us. Be careful while buying any goods from here and double check each item inside and out before paying for it. The saree cost us ₹8000 but it is now a wasteful investment. They sell old and damaged goods hiding the defects with good presentation and folding skills as well as sweet talks. Kindly beware.
Written May 29, 2020
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NYCnBeyond
New York City, NY13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
Do not come here. While the Manish, seems to be a very nice man I would not trust him at all. I spent an hour in his shop and eventually bought 3 blankets. I was hesitant to have them shipped to America, but it was my only option since I could not bring them all back. I received my package a few weeks later (much later then promised). He said there were problems with customs in Delhi and that was why he was late and that he would send tracking number that day or Monday. I had to email him 6 days later and ask again for the tracking number. 16 days later I received the package that was supposed to arrive the first week I got back originally, not a month later. One of the blankets was NOT the same I purchased. I thankfully took photos of all 3 to make sure I got the right ones. After many attempted emails and days gone by, I eventually got a reply saying he was sorry and he sold the other one, and that he was going to make the same one I purchased for me. Long story short, I never heard from him ever again, I bought the blankets in March, it's now October 1st. Safe to say I will never see the one blanket I bought as a gift. Please don't go here and support this man's business. There are honest shops in Varanasi that are government approved. MAKE SURE YOU GO THERE and NOT to this shop. Don't make my same mistake.
Written October 3, 2013
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MsMinchin
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
We went to this shop as per recommendation of the owner of a local restaurant Jyoti cafe. The owner took us upstairs to a quiet part of the shop and found out what sort of things we were after, showed us a variety of qualities and told us prices as we went. We felt absolutely no pressure about buying anything and it was very friendly service with chai and good conversation. We were able to pay with card which was great with the current financial status of india as well is ship it home within a week!
Highly recommend!
Written December 14, 2016
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KIWP131313
Phoenix, AZ168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
This most special art produces beautiful fabrics used in bed and table linens, clothing, scarves. The diary of the silks and varied colors are a festival for the eyes. Prices are very reasonable.
Written February 16, 2015
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Ashish G
New Delhi, India170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
I think when we come to Benares, we are quite prepared to meet with people who will take you for a ride. But if you have friends who can recommend, better still come shopping with you, you will see the beauty of the silk handicraft industry open up before you. The work is amazing, the silk is sheer beauty and the patterns are in thousands. The craftsmen will open up saree after saree, for hours without a break. If you know your mind, let it be known right away, so that you donot waste a full day looking at stuff you donot intend to buy. You will have a hard time making a final choice, but go for silks that are soft to touch. The zari work is an art but beware of the mixed yarn sarees which are now a plenty in the market. If you dont know silk, you may not be able to tell the difference. On the whole, a must experience, even if you dont buy anything.
Written September 16, 2014
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notacanada
Toronto, Canada888 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
I visited several weaving centres, private and government approved, while in Varanasi. The weavers on the loom seem to be there for the tourists’ benefit and they expect a tip, never-the-less their work is beautiful and worth to have a look at. In the retail section, the salesmen had fun while draping the saris on themselves for our benefit. Most of the silk is of very good quality and much cheaper than what can be purchased at Delhi or Kolkata stores. Visiting Varanasi after 30 years, I discovered that the silk industry had expanded its wares, not only there were exquisite traditional wedding Banaresi saris but also chiffon and printed ones, as well as other handloomed garments.
Written July 19, 2014
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Allan J
Chiang Mai, Thailand417 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Went there with friends on recommendation of Tour Guide. Opening spiel from the Manish seemed ok, though because we live in Thailand, which also has a silk industry I doubted some of his claims. The prices seemed quite high for what was on offer, compared with Thailand, though I have to admit the quality was equally as good. Eventually we bought a scarf and a cushion cover that displayed the leaves of the Bodhi Tree, which we will encase in glass and use as a wall hanging. Overall I would recommend a visit to see how the items are made using the old traditions, but buyer beware - and expect a long hard sell!
Written May 2, 2014
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