8 Regions that manufacture Bengal handloom sarees

Bengal handloom sarees have their own style that cannot be found anywhere else. Each region has its own distinct style. We have narrowed down our list to 8 such places in Bengal that produce the best sarees.

Burdwan: Here there are two divisions known as Kalna and Katwa with over 37500 looms, this industry has an approximate of 94000 people. This 6.3 crore business has moved from sarees into garments, accessories and home linen.

Shantiniketan: This area is well known for kantha sarees. Whenever you buy a kantha saree, you will find floral motifs, folk lore, animals, birds and geometric patterns on it. This form of embroidery is over 500 years old and was originally applied to breathe new life into old garments.

Kantha Stitching on Fabric


Shantipur: The Dhonekali saree is made here and normally has common designs like nature, birds and animals on them. The bottom of the saree normally has a checked pattern on it. These kinds of sarees have a traditional look and are often used as daily wear. The region of Shantipur including Fulia consists of 125,000 handlooms that produce tangail, jamdani and shantipuri sarees

Malda: A larger number of the Tussar silk sarees come from here. This fabric is developed from wild silk, normally textured and porous, making it ideal for summer wear. Today it is available in many colours, woven or embroidered.

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Tussar Silk Fabric


Bishnupur: Baluchari sarees are handcrafted here on looms that are over 200 years old. The most interesting part of this saree is that the pallu and the edges of the saree depict stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata! These sarees are made from silk yarn with deep blue, red and deep red being the colours of choice.

Phulia: Probably Bengal’s favourite, the taant saree originated here. These are light and airy them perfect for summers. The taant saree usually has a very broad border and a heavily decorated pallu. The fall of the saree is left unadorned with only a few motifs on it. Motifs commonly used are the paisley, floral and artistic designs.

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Cotton Taant (Tant) Fabric


Begampur: Sarees made here are known for their translucency and are commonly worn in warmer areas as they are light weight and loosely woven.

Atpur: Most of the sarees here are coarser and is normally meant for daily wear. The term ‘Atpur’ translates to ‘common wear’, and is used to describe the way the women of this area drape their sarees.

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Garad Silk Fabric


Murshidabad: Known for its Garad silk sarees. They can be distinguished by the red border and paisley motifs. The silk that is used to make the sarees is completely pure owing to the fact that it is not dyed, this is why these sarees have religious significance. You can find patterns like kantha embroidery, batik designs.

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