Popular sarees from Bengal

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Each and every town or state you travel through in India, has a rich textile and weaving legacy and since a long time, people around the world have admired and patronised India’s handwoven textiles.

Here, we have made a list of few sarees which are popular in and sourced from West Bengal.

  1. Baluchari Sarees, Bankura, West Bengal – The Baluchari Saree originated in West Bengal, and is mainly worn by the women of India and Bangladesh. It is a hand woven saree using richly dyed silk, with intricate motifs depicting Indian mythology woven onto its large ‘pallu’. Baluchari takes a week to be woven, and the craftsmen are largely centered in Murshidabad.  The designs are mainly from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and are worn as a sign of aristocracy and status.  They are indeed connoisseurs’ items. 

2. Jamdani Saree ( Dhakai Jamdani & Muslin Jamdani ) – Historically the production of Jamdani started during the time of Mughal. The Bengali origin of Jamdani is Narayanganj, one of the industrial hubs of Bangladesh. The traditional Jamdani is a kind of famous Muslin textile still having the same popularity since the Mughal time. Jamdani Saree or Dhakai Jamdani is a famous and popular Bengali outfit and is a prized possession in every Bengali household. UNESCO even declared the artistic design of Jamdani as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ to support the local weavers of this most popular traditional weave.

Dhakai Jamdani saree

3. Tant Saree, West Bengal – Synonymous with Bengal cotton handlooms, tant  sarees are among the most popular sarees worn by the women of West Bengal. Their light, airy texture makes them especially suited for the warm and humid summers of this region. Tant sarees are characterized by a thick border, a decorative pallav and are woven with a variety of floral, paisley and other artistic motifs. In keeping up with contemporary tastes, tant sarees today also feature designs which are hand-painted, printed and embroidered on the fabric. A variation of the traditional tant has zari work woven into the borders and pallav along the patterns of a Banarasi silk saree giving rise to the ‘tant banarasi’ saree. 

Tant Sareen from Bengal

4. The Bengal Gorod : a Melange of White and Red – Gorod silk is one of the popular styles of saree that has its origin in West Bengal. Also known as Gorod, the word Garad means ‘White’. Garad silk sarees are distinguished by its red border and small paisley motifs. Silk fabric used to weave them is not dyed which keeps the purity factor of the fabric intact and therefore these sarees have a sacred importance to the women in Bengal. Weavers from Murshidabad district of West Bengal specialize in weaving these sarees, so you can even directly source it from them. 

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