The combination of the elegant lace with sophisticated embroidery as well as the specific designs and patterns used give Bhagalpur sarees a distinct look. The fine weave makes them better suited for formal occasions, if you prefer something more casual they are also worn on special occasions by many. The word itself has a history, it is derived from two words “Bhagwa” which refers to the particular style of weaving, and “Pur” which refers to the city of Bhagalpur where most of the weavers reside.
Bhagalpur is considered one of the finest weaving centers in India. Weavers work on looms that are at least 200 years old and produce intricate designs, especially with brocades. Sarees are usually woven from a blend of cotton and silk and dyes are extracted from various sources, such as indigo, pomegranate rind, marigold flowers, and mango leaves. Sarees have an intricate design with a close weave to avoid shrinkage.