By Prerana Sharma,
West Bengal’s climate is hot and humid thus the saris are made up of such a material which gives comfort to its wearer. The most famous are Bengali Cotton Saris, which are famously known as â€œTantâ€. The Saris which is worn by Bengali ladies are colourful and vibrant and for every occasion, there is a special sari!
The cotton saris usually have prominent border with soft tissue paper type texture. There are various types of prints done in the saris like floral prints, solar prints and even modern art is also printed on saris. Let me show you the types of Bengali saris :-
TANT SAREES –
Bengali cotton saris are commonly called Tant saris. In early days it used to be hand woven but now majority of them are machine woven. They have bright colors with decorative borders
These saris are basically of Bangladesh origin, and its name is derived from Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. In Bangladesh, weavers use fine Egyptian cotton, while the Indian weavers use the indigenous raw material. Still, Daccai Jamdani saris are very famous in West Bengal ladies.
The traditional Daccai Jamdani is woven by hand, and many take even up to one year to weave a single sari. It feels supple to the touch and drapes gently.
SILK Baluchari, Korial, Garad –
Mulberry cultivation and cocoon rearing is carried out mainly in the districts of Malda, Murshidabad and Birbhum in WB.
Baluchari is a village on the banks of the Bhagirathi river in Murshidabad district. So it got the name. in these type of sari, weavers create independent pattern. This sari is usually five yards in length and 42â€ wide. The body of the sari is covered with small butis and a beautiful floral design runs across the edges. The anchal or pallu has the main decoration.
Some Pure silk Bengali Saris are belowâ€¦
Pure Silk Saris
The Korial lal paar sari is what u see in TVs, white sari-red border. It is identical to the Garad except that the red border is intense and solid in it. This sari is associated with Durga Puja, that is during festive season, Durga Ma is worshipped and offered these saris.
To be honest, earlier I never used to understand difference in Korail and Garad but my mom said, korial is plain red&white whese as Garad silk sari consists small floral patterns in its white part.
Pashmina silk sari
Pure Silk sari with Zardosi work
Banaroshi Sari (mostly worn in marriages)
Few pics I took in sari showroom
I bought the paper silk with muslin work sari from this showroom, whose pic I gave above.