Some Unique Bengali Sarees To Know Your Tradition

Handloom saree weaving in Bengal can be traced back to the 15th century in Shantipur, West Bengal. The art flourished under the Mughal patronage. The royal class adorned the fine Muslin, Jamdani, and general people preferred Tant.

1. Bengali Tant Saree
Bengali Tant Saree
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A Bengali woman’s wardrobe is incomplete without a Tant saree. This lightweight translucent saree has its origin in Bengal. Cotton thread used in the saree makes it ideal for the hot and humid climate conditions of the Bengal region.

Tant saree comes with subtle motifs all over the body and ornate designs on the Pallu and the thick border. In the old days, homemakers loved the sarees for their simplicity and breathable nature. These sarees are typically worn on casual or formal occasions or even daily wear.

2. Bengali Batik Print Saree
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Batik is an age-old Indonesian dyeing technique using wax. This exquisite art of Batik enthralled Rabindranath Tagore during his travel to Java in Indonesia.

He revived this traditional technique in India by introducing Batik art at the Viswabharati University in Shantiniketan. Today, Shantiniketan is the main center for Batik sarees. The Batik saree is hand-printed using wax resistant dyes and available in both cotton and silk fabric.

Cotton Batik Print Sarees are the most comfortable saree for the tropical weather. Vibrant colors, lightweight, and patterns inspired by nature are the discerning feature of Batik sarees.

3. Jamdani Saree

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This saree is the most famous among Bengali women. Dhaka, Bangladesh, is the birthplace of this exquisite saree fabric. Jamdani, a Persian word, is a mix of two terms, Jam means a flower, and Dani, meaning a vase. As the name refers, the Jamdani saree has beautiful floral patterns across the length of the saree.

This art form bloomed during the Mughal period, and different Persian themes such as buttis, jewels, emeralds grace the saree.

At present times, different regions of West Bengal and Bangladesh produce Jamdani sarees. These sarees are famous after that area, for example, the Tangail Jamdani, Dhanekhali Jamdani saree, Shantipur Jamdani, and the Dhakai Jamdani.

Dhakai Jamdani from Bangladesh is the original and the finest sarees with the most elaborate craft. Women wear it to festive occasions.

4. Garad Saree

The quintessential Garad saree has its inception in West Bengal and mainly produced in the Murshidabad region. It is the emblem of Bengali culture and tradition. The word Garad signifies White in Bengali. The red border on a pure white body and paisley, floral motifs are the main features of this Bengali saree. The texture of the saree resembles tissue paper. This lightweight saree is easy to carry.

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