Handwoven Begumpuri Cotton Saree Black - Tangail Tant
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We bring to you this feather light cotton saree from Phulia, which is the center for Tangail Tant (loom) weaving tradition in India.
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We bring to you this feather light cotton saree from Phulia, which is the center for Tangail Tant (loom) weaving tradition in India. Read more abour the Tangail Tant tradition below.
Dimensions: Standard Saree Dimensions
Pattern: Body: Plain Black; Pallav: Assorted Geometrical Shape; Border: Red
Washcare: Hand wash recommended for this product. Do not bleach and do not expose this product to excessive heat and sunlight.
Imperfections and variations in the product cannot be termed as defects, as these are intrinsic to the handmade process
Colors in the picture might vary slightly due to lighting in the studio
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Tangail Tant of Phulia and Santipur
Bengal has been a harbinger of some of the finest weaving traditions anywhere in India. Be it Jamdani or Baluchari, Bengal has given iconic handloom traditions to the world. From finest silk weaves to feathery cotton weaves, Bengal has it all. Let us take you into the world of Phulia’s Tangail tant (handloom) weaving.
Tangail is a type of weave that gets its name from the place it originated. Tangail is a sleepy village that now lies in Bangladesh. The Basaks were the Jaat Tantis (Weaver by caste) of Tangail and other neighbouring villages. However, after Partition, the Basaks have been slowly immigrating to West Bengal (WB) state of India and settling in various districts like Nadia, Nabadwip, Hooghly, Howrah etc. Needless to say they brought their craft with them and have kept the weaving tradition alive. Phulia is a verdant town in Nadia district about 90 KM from Kolkata as the Jeep plies on NH12. There are over 5000 weavers in this town who work their magic one weft and one warp at time. The famous Jamdani weave has also immigrated with the Basaks. Though Bangladesh holds the GI Tag for Jamdani, most of the Jamdanis are woven in this hinterland of WB. The muslin and fine cotton Jamdani sarees of Nadia district are world famous. Other less famous weaves are the Santipur and Begumpuri cotton sarees. In addition to cottons the weavers also produce various types of silk saress – Mulberry Silk, Tussar Silk, Matka Silk, Eri Silk, Muga Silk, Ghicha Silk et al.
In times of yore the nawabs (plenipotentiaries of the Mughal throne in Delhi) who ruled over Dhaka were served their meals in Jam Baati (bowls made of fine bell metal). These bowls used to be covered with muslin weaves of the finest quality – hence the name Jamdani. The Jamdani weaving technique is extremely laborious and one saree can take up to 9 months. The popular motifs include panna hajar (thousand emeralds), kalka (paisley), butidar (small flowers), charkona (rectangles) et al.
The cottage weaving industry of WB is facing serious threat from power looms that produce cheap knock offs. These days many retailers pass off power loom woven, synthetic yarn mixed sarees as the originals and at a fraction of the price. This is hurting the weavers immensely who are switching to power looms just to put food on the table. If this continues the exquisite art form of Tangail Tant might vanish in years to come. This is a small effort by team Magancraft to revive the artform and keep it from decline.
|Origin State||West Bengal|
|Geographical Indication (GI)||Not Tagged|
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