Most people think West Bengal is famous only for its fine muslin jamdani sarees, so fine that they pass through a man’s ring! However, Bengal also has a rich heritage as old as the Mughals in silk sarees.
There are 2 major centres of silk production in the state. One is at Murshidabad and the other is at Malda. Both are famous in their own right and produce the finest silks in the state.
In this short blog, the best saree manufacturer in Kolkata, Golden Elegance will look at 5 of the best silk sarees from West Bengal.
Originally from Bangladesh’s Dhaka, the Baluchari saree weaving technique was brought to the West Bengal village of Baluchur, from where the weavers later moved to Bishnupur.
The saree is made from tussar silk. The pallu of the sari is woven with scenes from folklore and mythology. It is a very rich and decorative saree, where the pallu is not pleated to show off the intricate work.
Typically, it takes a week to weave one Baluchari saree and the Jacquard loom can be used for the same.
These are pure silk sarees produced in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The texture is very light and easy to carry.
The term Gorodh refers to silk that has been undyed. Hence, these sarees have an off-white or white body with a border of red. This is West Bengal’s famous Laal Paar sari.
The border and the pallu can have different colours as well like green, blue, red, pink. The sari is very simple and worn mostly on auspicious occasions like Durga Puja.
Silk sarees from Murshidabad have a heritage that dates back to the 18th century when the Nawab of Bengal shifted the capital from Dhaka to Murshidabad. In doing so, he brought not only the famous Baluchari saree but also the silk saree weaving technique to West Bengal.
Silk sarees from Murshidabad can be batik printed, printed or woven as well.
Tussar silk is made from the moth of the genus Antheraea. These moths feed on oak or jamun trees. The silk produced by them is of a hardier texture than those produced by the mulberry silkworms.
The Malda district of West Bengal is famous for the production of tussar silk. The sarees are particularly soft-coloured and made of colours like beige, cream, white, brown.
Korial sarees are a variant of the Gorodh. Where the Gorodh’s body is plain, the Korial’s body is woven with intricate and rich designs. These silk sarees come in lavish cream and white bases with decorated borders and pallus.
The best saree manufacturer in Kolkata, Golden Elegances hopes you are now aware of the different silk sarees native to West Bengal. These native sarees carry the mark of true craftsmanship and beauty. Buy some of these sarees from Golden Elegance today!