Sarees from Bengal – 8 must haves for your wardrobe

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The Bengali traditional saree is the epitome of elegance and grace for a woman. There is a huge variety to choose from. Let us help you through the plethora of designs and materials to wear it right.

 

1. Baluchari Silk:

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Image Courtsy – Kiran Sawhney

Baluchari is one of the eye-catchers among the various sarees of Bengal. It is so popularly known because of the depictions of the mythological scenes on the pallu. Such is the intricate detailing on the saree that producing one saree takes approximately one full week.

 

2. Swarnachari:

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Image Courtesy – bishnupurisilksarees.blogspot.in

Swarnachari is Baluchari in gold. These are the most gorgeous Baluchari sarees which have heavy work of gold. Sometimes these sarees are also woven with silver thread instead of the golden one, but they are as gorgeous and elegant as a saree can be!

 

3. Dhanekhali Saree:

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Image Courtesy – exportersindia.com

Dhanekhali sarees are known for the great comfort which comes from the cotton. The specialty is that it is produced with 100 by 100 cotton thread count, with borders of 1.5 and 2 inches and a six metres long drape.

 

4. Kantha Stitch Saree:

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Image Courtesy – weindiacraft.weebly.com

A specialty of Bolpur, very unique and sophisticated, it is the most popular form of embroidery among the rural women. Not just among the residents of Bengal, but it is very famous among tourists as well. The embroideries are very detailed works and speak loudly about the precision of the artist.

 

5. Jamdani:

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Image Courtesy – http://bdmart.com.au

Jamdani is a Persian word. ‘Jam’ means flower, and ‘Dani’ means a vase or a container. The weaving tradition of a Jamdani saree is of Bengali tradition and it is a very labour-intensive work.

 

6. Tant:

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Image Courtesy – http://swadesh.unnatisilks.com

Tant is a traditional Bengali saree and is mainly used by the Bengali women. It is woven from cotton threads and is mainly known for its thicker border and decorative pallu.

 

7. Batik:

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Image Courtesy – http://swadesh.unnatisilks.com

Batik is a very popular technique of designing and colouring a saree. It includes applying melted wax on the saree to cover some portion and then dying the cloth. This brings the different colours on the saree. It is a very hectic process and that is why it is valued so much in Bengal as well as throughout the world.

 

8. Fabric painting:

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The fabric printing is with a permanent colour which comes in tubes and small bottles. The specialty of this kind of designing is that the artist does free hand painting on the sarees with various colours to draw floral as well as geometric shapes.

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