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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dhakai Jamdani Sarees- Flowers and vases designs on fine cotton

I have already written some posts under the section Indian Sarees. When it comes to sarees, West Bengal weavers stand apart by their contribution to the weaving of very fine cotton sarees. I love all type of Bengal sarees , may it be simple Bengal cotton or heavily embroidered Kantha sarees . We learn from history that, West Bengal was always famous for its muslin cloth weaving. Dakhai Jamdani sarees is the variation of muslin weaving.The exceptionally skilled weaving and the the blend of dark and light color combination make the dhakai sarees attract saree loving woman. Here is a saree with Blue and White combination:
dhakai saree

Origin of Dhakai Saree: 

The name Dhakai comes from the Dhaka city of Bangladesh. The weaving technique is inhibited  from from Bangladeshi weavers , but the design and motifs have the influence of Persian designs. Jam- means flowers and dani means vases. Due to its appeal, this technique of weaving is widely explored by weavers of West Bengal , as the result of this, now we can see many varieties of  Dhakai Jamdani Sarees.

Motifs and designs in Dhakai Jamdani sarees:

Jamdani sarees have floral motifs in Geometrical shapes. Here you can see the red floral motifs woven on white dhakai jamdani saree:
white dhakai jamdani saree
Closer view of motif:
The special technique of interlacing the threads , is used in weaving motifs of Jamdani sarees. Though Jamdani sarees were weaved using cottons, in the Mughal era, weavers started using zari to weave the Dhakai Jamdani sarees.Here is a saree with Zari weaving :



To meet the current fashion trends, jamdani weavers are using new designs and innovation. This effort of the weavers , is making the Jamdani saree, a designer saree, that every saree loving woman wants to have  in her saree collection.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

16 comments:

  1. Wow! You have shared some great information on this post. I am wondering how can I get my hands on a saree like this. :)

    Parul

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  2. I have a couple of them. Great pics.

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    1. Yes, Dhakai Jamdani saree is a must in saree collection

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  3. Really beautiful saris with vibrant and colorful designs.

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    1. Thank you Ramakrishnan. Dhakai Jamdani sarees are known for their vibrant colors.

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  4. Lovley designs :) I too love sarees from Bengal :)

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    1. Yes, Bengal sarees are very pretty. Thank you.

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  5. They look lovely.
    I had a blue salwar that looked very Bengali (pretty much like that saree up there)

    Nice to know about these sarees, Ranjana. :)

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  6. Beautiful designs on the sarees.

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  7. I have one cotton sari, which my husband bought from Calcutta. Thanks for enlightening us on Dhakai weave, love the one in red and white.

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    1. Thank you Saru. Ya even I liked the red and white Dhakai Jamdani saree

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