Watch: Tana Bana Looks At the Ancient Craft of Sari Weaving in Varanasi

Set in the city of Varanasi, Tana Bana is a gorgeous fashion film that looks at the ancient craft of sari-making and weaving in India. Jugni Style is proud to sponsor the international premiere of Tana Bana at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Tana Bana VIFF

“While rich with luscious shots of fabrics, dye and crumbling architecture, [the film] remains rigorous in its focus on the aesthetics and economics of this ancient industry.”—Irish Times


Set in the holy city of Varanasi, Tana Bana takes us on a deep-dive into an ancient craft: from dyeing to drying, stretching to weaving, we get an education in the possibilities of creating beauty. There’s a range of methods to making the sari, with the finest hand-woven examples taking one month to produce. Rich in colour, steeped in culture, and full of fascinating detail, this is a fashion movie unlike any you’ve likely seen.

Pat Murphy’s documentary introduces us to the weavers, the traders and the merchants of the sari. Varanasi is renowned as a Hindu pilgrimage site, and is also famous for the Muslim silk weavers whose ancestors traveled along the Silk Road and whose history is interwoven with that of their Hindu neighbours. To visit this extraordinary place is to to witness a city ‘woven into being’ each day as Varanasi life is fused with the production of handwoven silk.

The film explores the relationship between Muslim weavers and Hindi traders; beautiful wedding rituals; a look at the burgeoning feminism in some Varanasi schools; and the ever-present threat to cultures that globalization represents.


Watch Tana Bana at VIFF 2015 in Vancouver on September 26 at 6:30pm at International Village #8, and September 28 at 1:00pm at International Village #9. Buy Tickets.