It is easy to link the familiar and rich Benarsi silk georgette sarees in a bridal trousseau. All over the North Indian city one can get georgette sarees in colourful designs and motifs. They all have been weaved on hand looms of accomplished artisans. The shops where they are sold are also a part of the ancestral properties of these artisans. They have been vending these simply beautiful garments from the bylanes. The export quality is packaged in fancy boxes and every month many sarees are taken away to be sold in global markets.
To an experienced eye it is quite identifiable. It has the texture of crepe or even chiffon but it has a twisted weave that makes it stand out. It is this fibre that lends softness.
To create one design, it is first made on paper. Then perforated paper is used to make the tiny holes that will eventually create the designs. The fabric is stretched out and the entire paper is used to make the designs. Three or four artisans take about 15 days or even a month if the design is very intricate. With the paper print it is matched on the fabric. The entire process is reused for the next order. During the wedding season, the demand rises. Sometimes the designs are customised by the designers. Some also support the artisans so that they can concentrate on producing the required look. A georgette saree fetches a good price, once it leaves the weaving looms.