The sari is one of the world’s oldest and perhaps the only unstitched garments from the past. It is no wonder at all that the sari has been awarded as the most elegant women’s attire by countless fashion panels around the world.
Sari, worn by women in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and a few other South Asian countries, has every attribute to be awarded as the most stylish and elegant clothing of all time. It is sensuous yet respectable, feminine as well as sophisticated and beautiful in every aspect. Bangladeshi saris are famous all around the globe for its exquisiteness. Our handloom saris are renowned for their rich artistry. Women from neighboring countries come to Bangladesh to purchase them. Such is the name and fame of our handlooms. Groove takes pride in putting forward the stories of our majestic Bengali saris.
Handloom, Weaved With Love
The handloom industry in Tangail is one of the oldest cottage industries of Bangladesh and has a glorious history. Each hand weaving sari has a story of its own and they carry all sorts of emotions- sorrow, pain and love. In festivals like Pahela Baishakh, their demand becomes unparalleled. This traditional sari is produced in Tangail district and is named after the place. It was previously known as ‘Begum Bahar’. The exquisiteness and luster of the refined silk or cotton handloom saris from Tangail is not just famous in Bangladesh but also abroad. The edges of Tangail Sari are made with special care with silky and shiny threads. It takes around 5 to 7 days to weave a Tangail sari.
You could opt for soft silk sari, tosor silk sarui, baluchori sari, sombolpuri sari, or other saris from Tangail for your Pahela Baishakh celebration. The traditional red and white is usually the popular choice on this day. You could also offer some versatility by adding bright colours such as yellow or orange to your regular red and white. Just make sure you have the perfect eye makeup and matching jewelry with it. Smokey eyes look great with this style with a red teep on the forehead. On the remaining days of the month of Baishakh, you can wear various saris of colours of your choice. For extra hot days, choose cotton saris from Tangail.
The Luxury Of Jamdani Sari
There are many people who cannot differentiate between Jamdani and Tangail Sari. Tangail sari is made only inside Tangail by a particular weaver community. Although Jamdani saris are also made in Tangail , the Tangail saris are completely made by hand work, not by hand and foot operated machines by which Jamdani saris are made. Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal, produced in South Rupshi, Narayanganj. The historic production of jamdani was patronized by imperial warrants of the Mughal emperors who have left their royalty with them in this sari. It is considered smart, even aristocratic, to wear a beautiful Jamdani Sari to an occasion.
In other countries, Jamdani from here are called ‘Dhakai Jamdani’ or simply ‘Dhakai’ at times. The base fabric for Jamdani is unbleached cotton yarn and the design is woven using bleached cotton yarns so that a light-and-dark effect is created. The process is extremely time consuming as it involves a tedious form of hand looming. The making of Jamdani involves the supplementary weft technique along with the standard weft technique. With the latter, the base sheer material is made on which thicker threads are used to create designs. Each of the supplementary weft motif is then added manually by interlacing the weft threads with fine bamboo sticks using individual spools. This process results in the vibrant patterns that appear to float on a shimmering surface, which is a feature unique to Jamdani saris. With all the details and hard work, Jamdani sari remains unparalleled in not only our fashion but global fashion too. They carry art, culture and heritage with them.
Benarasi Sari- Pure Art
There is a place in Bangladesh, known as Mirpur Benarasi Palli, which is a market place well known for different kinds of traditional Benarasi saris. The place is not only famous in Bangladesh but also in India and Pakistan. Merchants from India and Pakistan come here to have the best Banarasi saris. According to the traders, there are nearly 110 shops at the Palli. Some 20,000 weavers and salesmen are involved with the business directly. There are different types of saris available in the Mirpur Benarasi Palli — Ranguli, Opera, Maslin Galaxy, Organza, and Peerless Katan. There are party and wedding saris also. Benarasi saris are among the finest saris in the world and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. For Pahela Baishakh, you can opt for a red and white sari with gold zari and heavy embroidery. Pair it up with just the right jewelries.