Shopping for Dhakai Jamdani Sarees made Easy
The jamdani saree may be centuries old- it is light and sheer- stores will offer you a number of cuts and colours.
So if it is multi coloured, single coloured or a mix of both, scouting around for your perfect piece can be tough. So how would you be able to identify a genuine jamdani? We have simplified the jamdani mystery and listed out our four top tips for you:
Weaving: You should begin by looking for fine muslin cloth that has been woven out of cotton on brocade looms. For example, the dhaniakali jamdani saree has a tighter weave structure when compared with the fabric of the shantipur or the tangail sarees.
Designs: Normally the designs are woven into the fabric. They are not traced, drawn or outlined on to the fabric. You can take a closer look to see if these patterns are made using cotton thread in gold, white or grey. Each jamdani saree has a different pattern on it. So if you find a Dhaniakali jamdani sarees, expect to see checks, stripes that are created using vibrant colours.
Accessories: You can often find tassels on the saree that complement the border design. This is called a jhalar.
Colours: The traditional colours are indigo and biege with toradar. You may come across intricate patterns like the phulwar placed against black, grey, off white, blue black colours. The motifs or patterns were traditionally created using white or grey cotton thread, today you can also get gold thread merged into the design.
They say that a jamdani really lasts a lifetime and we hope these help you out the next time you go shopping.