Most delicate & feminine Tant saree for a traditional Bengali look
Indian women cannot look much beautiful than in a saree. It’s a white truth which many men will not deny. Indian traditional wear is all about saree and Bengalis are highly skilled with every kind of saree. Sarees are probably one of the oldest surviving pieces of garments that had survived and even flourished till today. In India and parts of South Asia, it is still being used as party wear or regular wear by hundreds of thousands of women irrespective of their age, class, and religion.
The Jamdani Tant saree flourished during the Mughal period. It became so famous around the British rule that the British government tried to minimize its production to get their textile industry flourished. After the end of British rule in India, many skilled weavers settled in and around Bangladesh and West Bengal after getting lots of help from the Government. These weavers continued weaving this style of tant saree and today, which are one of the most popular styles of Bengal sarees.
Features of tant sarees are discussed here so that you do not make a mistake when you will buy one for yourself.
These are sarees made of cotton and found in different colors or patterns. Traditionally, tant sarees were built in the handloom process. However, at present days, the power looms have replaced the majority of the older handloom machines.
Some of these sarees are meant for daily wear. Therefore, they are less expensive than fancy sarees. At the same time, there are expensive tant sarees also, especially those woven in Bangladesh, known as dhakai jamdani sarees.
The tant sarees are quite suitable for the hot and humid climate of our country. They are made of cotton threads and are bringing the lightness and softness of the fabric.
There are many varieties of the tant saree, based on their area of manufacture. Nadia, Murshidabad, Hooghly, Bardhaman of India and Tangail, Dhaka, etc in Bangladesh are famous for their different types of tant sarees. Though made of cotton threads, all these sarees have different weaving styles and patterns that make them stand out from other cotton sarees available in India.
A typical tant saree could be identified by its border, which can be either thick or thin, with or without zari, and generally making a contrasting color with the body of the saree. The pallu generally has some rich work with different motifs. The bodies of these sarees can also contain stripes, or floral design, checks, and even geometric patterns.
Hand-painted and embroidered motifs are also created to accentuate the look of these tant sarees. In spite of the evolution of new saree designs like Georgette Sarees and Net Sarees in the fashion world, weavers of Tant saree of Bengal have remodeled the designs of these saree drapes, keeping intact the grace of these Bengal handloom sarees.
Bengali women are born to wear such saree which looks perfect on them. They are also quite skilled in draping saree in different ways. But the Bengali has own style of draping the saree which was introduced by Rabindranath Tagore’s sister-in-law named Jnanadanandini Devi. This draping is having a grand look that makes the women look very dignified and If you want to know how to wear Bengali saree, then check out the YouTube videos for the drape. Anyone can learn this particular draping style which is very easy and makes comfortable wear too.
In this era, Bengali tant saree tradition has been revived and got a modern outlook. The earlier styles are recycled with a different touch. With this special type of saree draping, Bengali women are establishing a fashion statement all over the world. Besides Bengal, the other Indian states are having their own style of saree draping which has also created an impact in the country.
Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal has been a long-time admirer of the Tant Sarees. She regularly wears Tant Sarees bought from Dhaniakhali in West Bengal.
Going beyond the political scenario, Bollywood actresses wear Bengal cotton sarees for festive occasions like Durga Puja. Bipasha Basu wore tant cotton saree in the Bengali movie ‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’, on the other hand, Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen Sharma are also famous for their styling of tant cotton sarees. And Soha Ali Khan has imbibed her fascination for tant cotton sarees from her mother Sharmila Tagore.
Before washing the Tant Saree for the first time, it should be soaked in lukewarm water mixed with rock salt. This ensures less color running in the subsequent washes. Also, with the use of Charak it becomes as good as new. To ensure the durability, only mild detergent should be used and it should not be dried in open sunlight. Tant sarees, especially, if they have intricate designs and patterns need more care while washing. Therefore you need to be extra cautious or else your traditional saree will be ruined after one or two washes. Also do not forget to starch your tant saree and iron it after drying. Store your saree in an airy wardrobe without humidity since moisture can actually ruin your favorite saree.
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