Let us explore the world of Bengali Sarees. When you think of a traditional Indian women attire, Saree is the natural instinctive choice. Bengali Sarees are quite popular not only in India but globally. Especially the Baluchari Sarees are famous for their fine fabric. Though apart from the type of Sarees, the draping of Bengali Saree is quite unique and one of the trending ones.
Bengali Sarees are typical to be worn in red and white colors. Due to cotton fabric being used, they are light weight and a bit transparent.
Most popular Bengali Sarees are :
- Tant Bengali Sarees – Comfortable cotton Sarees for daily wear.
- Jamdani Sarees – Finest varieties of muslin fabric.
- Baluchari Sarees – Known for mythological scenes on the Pallu.
- Kantha Sarees – Known for the traditional Bengali embroidery work
Bengali Tant Sarees:
Tant Sarees are woven in and around Murshidabad and Hooghly region West Bengal and Tangail region in the nearby country Bangladesh. They are traditional Bengali Sarees for everyday purposes. Tant Sarees may be your best choice for the hot humid climate of the Indian Subcontinent as are made of cotton fabric.
They are quite economical and hence best suitable for daily wear purposes. Tant Sarees are usually lightweight and transparent. Usually, Tant Sarees are of six yards length.
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Jamdani is a type of traditional Bengali weaving style that makes the fine muslin fabric. It is made mainly around the Narayanganj district of Bangladesh near Dhaka but is also popular across West Bengal of India. They are also known as Dhakai Sarees or Dhakai Jamdani as well. They are feather light Sarees with usually flower motifs woven all across the Saree.
Jamdani means Flower (Jam) and Vase (Dani) due to these floral motifs. These Sarees are hand woven and typically take a long time in weeks. They were traditionally made in cotton though these days, a blend of cotton and silk is quite popular.
Jamdani Sarees are quite expensive Sarees due to the fine muslin fabric and the time it consumes to make a Saree. They are quite popular in West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh as special occasion wear like Weddings.
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Baluchari Sarees got its name from the Baluchar village of the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Slowly the weavers shifted their base and Bishnupur is the hub where these Sarees are woven now. Baluchari Sarees are made of silk and known for depictions of mythological scenes of Mahabharat and Ramayan on the pallu.
Baluchari Sarees are hand woven using pure yarn. It takes a long time to weave this Saree usually a week. Earlier pure silk was used but these days it is not uncommon to find cotton Baluchari or cotton silk Baluchari Sarees as well.
Kantha work Sarees
Kantha is a type of embroidery practised mainly in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh. It was traditionally made on Tussar silk Sarees by the rural women.
Thread used for stitching is drawn from the border threads of the used cloth itself. The garments are embroidered with motifs of everyday use like birds, animals, flowers, etc in a running stitch format with short gaps.
About Bengali Sarees
Bengali Sarees are popular in Red and white color and are worn in a unique draping style.
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How to drape Bangali Saree?
- Wrap the saree around your waist.
- Tuck it like any regular saree style.
- Take the remaining saree and form pleats to cover the upper body.
- Generally, a couple of pleats are made which are broad and look box like.
- Place the folded pleats on your left shoulder.
- Take the tip of the pallu to the front from under the right hand.
- Take the tip of Saree and get it over your right shoulder from the behind.
Maintenance of Bengali Sarees
Bengali Sarees like Tant, Jamdani, and Baluchari requires high maintenance. Tant Sarees has the risk of tearing, whereas Jamdani and Baluchari are made from very fine fabric. You should dry clean these Sarees instead of hand washing them.
Bengali Sarees are generally worn along with plain blouses though embellished can also be tried.
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References – https://en.wikipedia.org