Scintillating Bengal Handloom Sarees

Published: 16th June 2011
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Today Fashion industry not just caters with the demand of younger generations but it covers almost people of all ages. Fashion designers design clothes for every occasion from wedding to parties, conferences and even funerals.

Fashion gives you only two options. Either you choose to love it or you hate it. But you cannot neglect it. You can't deny that people treat you better when you are well dressed. It shouldn't happen but it does. Hence, it is important to weigh yourself the way you look and the way others want to see you. When it comes to fashion, there are lots of different things which come in our mind.

Whenever we discuss about fashion it is automatically switch over our concentration towards saree because sarees is a statement of tradition, of India-ness, and of feminism. Someone has rightly said, saree is not just an outfit it is actually an ornament of Indian women. Each saree having it own unique story. To sum up, nothing represents India’s spirit as gloriously as this six yard wonder does.

As mentioned in the above pages each saree will have its unique story in terms of dignity and royalty, in such a way that in this article I want to reveal the uniqueness of Bengal handloom sarees which are one of the popular sarees in the world due to their classy and trendy look.

Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta is the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata is the India's largest, friendliest and metropolitan city. The name Kolkata is said to be derived from the name Kalikshetra or the seat of goddess Kali. Kolkata is considered as the fashion hub of India. It has got one of the biggest fashion apparel markets in the country. From this land of fashion, comes two exclusive varieties known as the Bengal handlooms and Kolkata cotton or Bengal Cotton. These fabrics have a unique touch and feel and are also have soothing colour schemes which is the main USP of these sarees.

Kolkata ( is still a major centre for business, industry, trade and exports. Bengal handloom cotton sarees woven by Master Weaver Bimal Bairagi comes from Gobar Char in Shantipur – that ancient handloom hub steeped in the highest traditions of weaving exquisite Bengal handloom sarees.

One of the best things about being a textile designer working with Bengal handlooms is the fact that you often get immense job satisfaction. It comes in the form of developing new products, imparting new skills, creating awareness of changing tastes and making a little bit of difference to handloom saree weavers. One of the districts in west Bengal named as murshidabad which is very famous for Bengal handloom sarees. This weaver’s cooperative in the village of Nagar in Murshidabad district of West Bengal used to spin yarn from silkworm cocoons and went on to weave raw mulberry silk fabric. Murshidabad, incidentally, has been a hub of Bengal handloom silk weaving for hundreds of years. You are sure to find a Murshidabad silk saree in every Bengali wardrobe.

Varanasi also commonly known as Benares or Banaras or Kashi is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Bengal handloom sarees are quiet unique apart from other sarees because of multi colour sarees, style and ceremonial importance of the Bengal attires. Benarasi silk sarees have special importance in the wedding ceremony due to such heavy elegant work they have.

Two streams of weavers make up the textile heritage of Benares. The first, the Benaresiwaal ( , are centered in its heart Madanpura. They were known for the weaving of gossamer fabrics. Foremost amongst them is the fine cotton jamdani delicate figured muslin, now extinct in Benares.

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