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Introduction

Bengal has always been the epicenter of one of the finest techniques and patterns of weaving. It is famous not only in Bengal, but it has also gained worldwide recognition. Weaves of Bengal includes both Bangladesh (East Bengal) and West Bengal (India). I grew up in a traditional Bengali family. So from my childhood, I am used to with the sarees. Bengal sarees have so much variety that it is tough to distinguish among them. They often look similar from a distance. But a true Bengali woman can recognize the saree at first sight with the help of patterns, designs, and work. Here is the quick overlook of 10 Bengal handloom sarees.

Tant

It is a cotton handloom saree. It is soft and light. These sarees are suitable for daily wear, especially for summer. You can recognize the saree with a thick border, a designed anchal, and a plain body.

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Muslin

The weaving of this saree needs skillful and laborious art. It is one of the finest saree with a transparent body and glossy texture. Motifs are woven on the body of this saree. 

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Baluchari

This saree is very classy and elegant. The fabric belongs to Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal. The saree is so gorgeous and ornamental that the use of ornaments is not necessary.

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Jamdani

The saree is popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or simply Dhakai. This art of textile weaving has its roots in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is considered to be one of the finest varieties of muslin that is handwoven from cotton.Persian origin and comes from the word “Jam” meaning flower and “Dani” meaning vase. The name is suggestive of the beautiful floral motifs on these sarees.

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Garad

The weaving culture which is presently known as Garad was started in Dhaka. Now Garad came to be known as a product of Murshidabad. Garad silk sarees are distinguished by a white or off-white body, sometimes with small paisley motifs, and un-ornamental colored border, and a striped anchal

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Tussar

The Sanskrit name of tussar is Kosa. It is famous for its natural gold colors. We get this fabric from a yellowish-brown moth. The specialty of this saree, apart from the finest tussar and masterly weaving, is the choice of colors.

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Murshidabad Silk

These silk sarees come from the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The sarees are light. It is made of pure silk that’s why it has pure quality. 

Korial

Korial sarees are often written as Garad Korial. These sarees are the enhanced version of garad sarees. It has a white or off-white body and colored border and pallu. 

Kantha

Kantha stitch is probably the simplest stitching technique. Yet it can create magical elegance in the hands of master artisans. Just check the masterpieces created by artisans of rural areas around Bolpur (Shantiniketan) in West Bengal to believe.

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Red and White Saree

You will find no Bengali women who did not drape this saree. In our native language, we use to call it “Laal Paar saree”. White stands for Pure, Red symbolizes Fertility. 

 

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