Thursday, October 22, 2020

Bengali Baluchari saree

 Bengali Sarees

When one thinks about traditional Indian attire then saree is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Sari is primarily a long piece of cloth that is unstitched and usually 6 yards in length and is draped in a particular pattern. India is a land where unity lies in diversity and the there are different kinds of saris in India as well that change when you travel from state to state. Bengali sari is one of the most popular ones and their fame is not recent as they have a rich story to tell.

Origin and History

When it comes to Bengali saree, then Baluchari saree and tant saris are the two most popular types that one will come across. The tant saris became quite famous during the period when the Mughals used to reign in India. The British people tried hard to ruin the tant sari business in India but history bears witness to the fact that they did not succeed in their endeavors. The Baluchari saris, on the other hand, got their name from a small village in Bengal by the name of Baluchari and it was in the 18th century that Murshid Quli Khan, who was the nawab of Bengal brought the art of making Baluchari saris from Dhaka.


The Baluchari saris are either made from Baluchari silk or from cotton. Both types are known for their vibrant colors and designs. The tant saris are made from cotton thread and have a distinguishing feature of being light and somewhat transparent.


Both Baluchari and tant saris call for high maintenance as Baluchari are made from silk and the tant saris have the risk of tearing.

Interesting facts and comparisons

The Baluchari saris from Bengal are five yards long and some forty two inches in width

The tant sari is 6 meter long when compared to a normal sari which happens to be 5.5 meters in length.

Bright colors are the dominant feature of both tant and Baluchari saris and they are well known for the same.

Flame red and purple are the two most common and popular colors for Baluchari saris.

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