Traditionally inspired saree types use the red (symbolising fertility) and white (symbolising purity) combination to show off their weaves


Bengal has an astonishingly beautiful array of sarees.

The common thread running through the variety is the dedication of the craftsman – primarily from the villages of Shantipur in Nadia; Begumpur in Hooghly and Kenje-Kura in Bankura.

The light colourful cotton Tant is six metres in length instead of the usual 5.5 metres. It has simple, elegant designs – a thick, usually striped border and a pallu with floral, paisley, leaf or animal designs.

The rich Jamdani or Dhakai (evolved from the city of Dhaka) has a time-consuming and labour-intensive weaving process. It uses the “supplementary weft technique” — while the saree is being woven, an additional non-structural weft is used to add intricate patterns to the fine cotton or silk. This makes for an effect of vibrant patterns floating on a shimmering surface.

The Tangail gets its name from the village of the same name, now in Bangladesh. Repeated motifs or floral icons are woven on the loom itself, giving the saree an exclusive embroidered feel. The light-coloured cotton Tangail is perfect for the summer; the darker pieces in pure silk are for the winter.

The vibrantly coloured Baluchari in silk or cotton has mythological scenes woven on the pallus, inspired by the temple art of Bishnupur and Bankura. If woven through with gold or silver threads lending the saree an unparalleled luminescence it’s called
the “Swarnachari”.