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She looked intently at the shakhapola, the traditional white and red bangles made of conch shell and coral, which her mother had just given her. Her big day had arrived, and in a few hours, she would be a married woman. She was nostalgic and happy at the same time as she reminisced about her past and looked forward to a new life ahead.
White and red are an integral part of Bengali culture and a ubiquitous part of weddings, festivities and significant occasions. This white and red Jamdani saree is an ode to time-tested customs and traditions. The intricate designs and craftsmanship make it a work of art to be treasured forever.
Fabric: Handwoven 100% pure muslin saree
Colour and Design: White and red with all-over Jamdani work.
Blouse Piece: Not included (The blouse in the image is not a part of saree)
While every effort is made to present the sarees in their natural colours, subtle variations between images and actual colours may be the result of lighting conditions and digital photography, and the colour/screen settings of your digital devices.
Slight irregularities are inherent to the process of creating traditional handwoven fabric. Instead of taking away from the beauty of the saree, they enhance its uniqueness and charm. The irregularities attest to the fact that the saree is a genuine, handcrafted product.
Jamdani combines the words jam (flower) and dani (vase or container). It is acknowledged as one of the world’s most advanced hand-weaving techniques characterized by rich, intricate motifs. The process is extremely time-consuming and laborious: some sarees may take nearly a year to weave. In 2013, UNESCO declared Jamdani weaving an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Select expert weavers are recognized as bearers of the traditional Jamdani motifs and weaving techniques who pass down their skills to the next generation.
The base of Jamdani sarees originally comprised sheer, light muslin considered so fine that six yards of fabric could pass through a ring. A superior variety of cotton, native to a certain stretch of the Brahmaputra river, was used to create the muslin. While traditional Jamdani originated in Dhaka, the capital of present-day Bangladesh, the tradition is now carried forward in West Bengal. The fabric gained prominence during the Mughal rule in India. Although Jamdani weaving incorporates mostly geometrically-shaped floral motifs, other elements of nature also find representation.