Banarasi sarees originates from Varanasi or Benaras in Uttar Pradesh. These sarees have intricate gold and silver work on them. The work is usually done by zari. There are hand woven and machine woven Banarasi sarees. Weavers generally take months to finish a hand woven Banarasi saree. Designs like diagonal stripes, mangoes and flowers are common. These sarees are known for their heavy embroidery and gold and silver zaridar work.