Monday, April 1, 2013

My Ten Favorite Daily Wear and Designer Saree Collection from Kolkata (Culcutta)/ Bengali Saree Design

My 10 Best Sarees

indian best designer saree

Today I will share some personal pictures of my few favorite sarees and their types along with their popular Indian/Bengali names. I will share about 10 sarees here.

1. Tissue (Original) Saree: Well it is an original designer tissue saree which was bought from Great India Place Noida, 5 years back (2008). I really like the pesta color of the saree, it is so unique...
indian designer saree tissue sari
And the entire saree has got this kind of beaded embroidery all over it, which look absolutely dazzling to me. Though this sarees are very popular among North Indians, but this sarees are mostly crafted in West Bengal. In West Bengal there is a place called Howrah, it is the main manufacturer of all these designer sarees. So obviously you will get a good variety and big discount on each designer saree here.

bengali designer saree for wedding jardosi
This kind of original Tissue sarees are really hard to find these days, so no wonder these sarees are pretty expensive, but I still think Tissue sarees are the most appropriate saree for any wedding party or any occasion because it does make you look like a dive. So if are getting married or planning for a festival shopping you must go for a designer Tissue saree first.
indian designer saree

Tissue Designer saree with price
Just look at the fall of this saree, it is so amazing, so gorgeous. If you want to buy this kind of saree in Delhi there are countless places, you can check out the price in malls or can visit Chandi Chawk for a better budgeted price. Now for the people in Kolkata can always go to Park street for this kind saree, they do have really good collection, but I am really not sure about the budget, for budgeted shopping you can visit some store in North Kolkata like Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal or just can visit Raam Mandir (it is a saree hub on Central Avenue near Jorasaanko), they have very good collection of designer sarees in reasonable price.
Best designer Tissue saree for wedding
2. Bengali Tant Saree - Jari Peta Paad (broad gold laced Bengali Cotton Tant saree): The cloth that is woven in a handloom is known as "Tant". Tant is a handcrafted cotton saree and is very popular in West Bengal. These sarees are also known as Bengal saree or Bengali Cotton Tant saree.
These sarees are mostly used as a daily wear in the eastern part of India for the humid weather. These sarees are ideal wear for hot and humid weather and now a days Tant has become very famous for its unique and elegant design which can easily make a statement. Even many leading Bollywood actresses take help of Tant sarees to make a unique statement.
Jari Peta Paad Tant saree is also another variety of Tant saree that is popular because of it's comfort and style statement. These Jari Prta Paad Tant has a very broad gold lace which gives the saree a very elegant look, here is a photo of Jari Peta Tant Saree..

bengali tant cotton saree
With golden- beige combination this saree has surely succeed to catch eyes on it. It is my favorite :). Look at the broad geometric shape on the Paad (bottom lace), it is so unique in terms of design.
bengali tant cotton saree
Here is the anchal which also covered with Jari and geometric shapes. These sarees can cost you about Rs. 1500/- and above.
bengali tant cotton saree
3. Tant Muga: This is a Tassur and cotton mix saree. The bottom lace of these saree is made with Tassur which look elegant and traditional. If you see the border of the saree, it is comination of Tassur silk (beige color flat border) and red, green and yellow cotton border. This saree is perfect as a Durga puja Dashami wear or you can just wear it on any puja or festive day

Bengali Tant Muga Saree

Bengali Wedding Tant Muga Saree

Bengali Wedding Tant Muga Saree
4. Tant Tangail: Tant Tangail cotton sarees are originated from place called Tangail in Dhaka, Bangladesh. These cotton sarees come in a colorful variety and are very much wearable for Indian summers.

Bengali Wedding Tant Tangail Saree
Bengali Tant Tangail Saree
Bengali Tant Tangail Saree
For the brilliant colors and textures, these sarees look really awesome. Tangail sarees are so comfortable and enriched in color that many leading fashion designers are also experimenting with it and also working on this hand woven sarees as their new projects.

Bengali Tant Tangail Saree
This Tangail saree has cost me about Rs. 700/- only. I bought this saree from Bidhan Sarani, Kolkata. In Kolkata the oldest and most traditional Tant saree shops are located in Bidhan sarani opposite to Vidya sagar college.
5. Baluchari Saree:
Baluchari is a form of dyed silk saree that is mainly hand woven. These sarees are rich in color and are famous world over for their depiction of stories from Hindu mythology. The intricate designs, the vibrant colors and the mythological stories all add to its grandure and elegance.
Baluchari Saree

Baluchari Saree

Baluchari sarees originate from a village called Baluchar in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India, from where it got its name Baluchari. In 18th century, Bengal's Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan, patronised Baluchari Sarees' rich weaving tradition and encouraged its industry.

Baluchari Saree

Baluchari Saree
In Baluchari sarees the mythological stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and other such epics are depicted on its borders and Aanchal (Pallu). Nowadays these sarees are spun in jacquard looms in many parts of Bengal, though the style is same as the ones woven in Baluchar, Murshidabad.
It generally takes two craftsmen to work for almost a week to produce a single Baluchari saree. Earlier these sarees were made from Cocoon silk only, so they were so costly that only Zamindars could afford them. But with the changing times Baluchari sarees are being made from organic silk which is cheaper and Eco-friendly too.
Baluchari Saree
The photos of the Baluchari Saree that I have shared above is depicting scenes from Ramayana, like, Vanvas of Rama, Haran of Sita by Ravana etc. Whenever I plan to wear this Baluchari Sari, these intricate designs always attract me. Its not just a saree but it also carries a bit of India within it. It is truly a sign of aristocracy, an attire of status.

I bought this piece from a famous shop called Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal near College Street, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal.

6. Tant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom saree:
Dhoniakhali Sarees are famous for their bold colors and hardiness. Like Tangail Sarees, these sarees are also very wearable and comfortable in Indian Summers for their soft cotton material. These Sarees are mainly woven in a place called Dhoniakhali in Hoogly district of west Bengal, India.
Though these sarees are very bright in colour and hardy too, but these sarees come in a very affordable range. I bought this Saree from a boutique called Byloom in Hindustan Park, Kolkata, and it has only cost me Rs. 700/- for this exquisite satin border woven Dhoniakhali Saree.
Tant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom saree

Tant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom saree

Tant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom saree

Tant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom saree
7. Chanderi Silk Saree: 
Chanderi silk is a hand woven saree that has been developed over centuries in the town Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, India. Chanderi silk is considered as a royal attire and was patronized by the royal families for its light weight, fine quality and sheer transparent texture.
Chanderi Silk Saree

Chanderi Silk Saree
I have bought this Chanderi silk of mine from a shop called Archana in Ram Mandir area of Kolkata. They do have a good collection of Chanderis. I bought this Saree few years back, I really don't remember the exact price of it. Chanderi silk sarees are usually very costly and their price largely depends on their light weight and transparency. The more the transparency , the higher the price.
Chanderi Silk Saree

Chanderi Silk Saree
8. Tant Dhakai Jamdani:
Jamdani is a fine hand-loom woven saree originally woven in and around Dhaka, Bangladesh, thats why it is also known as Dhakai Jamdani. It is one of the most popular sarees in Bengal because of its unique designs, classy look and the touch of elegance. No matter from where you belong, a Jamdani saree will always make you look graceful. A Jamdani Saree is known as "the most artistic textile" of a Bangladeshi weaver.
Tant Dhakai Jamdani

Tant Dhakai Jamdani

Tant Dhakai Jamdani

Bengali Tant Dhakai Jamdani
9. Katan Swarnachuri Benarasi Saree:
Katan silk is famous world-over for its intricate workmanship and sturdiness. This saari is made from approx 56000 strong wire-like silk threads that make the base of the sari very strong. Swarnachuri is a very popular variant of Katan silk sarees. These sarees are mainly used for heavy Zardouzi and Benarasi Butidar Minakari work, as it has a very strong base and also with a nice fall that makes the saree look at its best. Do keep in mind that whenever you buy a Benarasi silk saree, make sure that it's made on Katan Silk base else your Saree will not last long.

I bought this purple Katan Swarnachuri on the occasion of my wedding... I am quite overwhelmed with this collection of mine. Usually Katan silk Banarasi can cost you about at least Rs. 3000/-. The better the quality and work, the heigher the price will be.
Katan Swarnachuri Benarasi Saree

Katan Swarnachuri Benarasi Saree

Katan Swarnachuri Benarasi Saree
  10. Pure Silk Saree:
This pure silk saree was bought from a group of weavers from Jharkhand who came for exhibiting their Sarees in Kolkata. Every year they do this kind of Saree/handloom exhibition at Bhawanipur Gujrati Education Society College and I was lucky to attend one of those exhibitions. They have very unique combinations in saree, like they combined hand-block printing and Kantha stitch altogether on a color dyed pure silk Saree. This kind of saree can cost you around at least Rs. 4500/-, and if you get them in any less amount then please let me know the shop's name :) . 

Pure Silk Saree

Pure Silk Saree

Pure Silk Saree

Pure Silk Saree
So I hope you like this post. All these are from my personal collection and if you have any queries, like where you can buy these sarees, just let me know, I will surely try to help. And for further queries feel free to comment. Hope you enjoyed the post.


32 comments:

  1. I love the tangail tant and dhakai jamdani ones! Of course, the benarasi is gorgeous as well.

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    1. Hey how are you? and yes I love that tangail too. By the way do you wear sarees?

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  2. Dear Indian Blush,

    At the onset, I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate you on your fantastic blog. Kudos to you! I have had the chance to read blogs that are similar in nature by bloggers from other parts of the world, especially US. However they do not cater to the Indian women in terms of our lifestyle and more importantly having access to affordable yet good brands. Yours is a definitive blog and is a tick in all the boxes as it meets all the requirements for a modern day Indian Woman.
    I was introduced to your blog where you wrote about Bengali Bridal makeup. Unfortunately I do not reside in Kolkata, and I am skeptical if I can get good Bengali bridal make up done in Delhi. (I didn’t mention that I am from Delhi)
    I will be getting married in Dec of this year, and I shall be visiting Kolkata for the very first time, for majority of the shopping for the wedding. In the above blog, I have simply loved all the saris that you have mentioned; I terms of the quality and the colors. Its been so informative for my mother and I, we do not have much knowledge about the variety and types of saris available. I would like to mention that I especially adore your Chanderi sari and Tant Dhakai Jamdani. I have worn saris only thrice and having read your blog, I am certain that you will be to help me out. Since I will be in uncharted waters, I shall rely on your expertise and help me in giving the names of the shops where I can find good saris. I know that in Bengali weddings Benarasi is customary, however I would like to be a lill more adventurous and look for any other variety and i would be open to any of your suggestions( i would like the names of shops in Kolkata for my wedding trousseaux as well)
    Once again, it has been a joy reading your blog!
    And keep up the excellent work.

    Thank you,
    Sharbani

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    1. First of all congratulations for your marriage!! It's a very good news, a BIG HUG from my side, and I am glad that you liked my blog and find it informative... your overwhelming words really made my day.
      I will surely try to help you out for your shopping. very soon I am gonna write an article on where to buy bengali traditional sarees in kolkata. but if you are in a big hurry I can suggest you my personal favorites shops, and what to buy from them. as you have told me that you have worn saree for only three times, so from that I can guess that u might not be very comfortable with heavy work sarees, so you can go for light weight sarees like chanderi silk ( which you can get from any shops in park st or rammandir area), you can also try tant jamdani dhakai from the shop called Adi Mohinimohan kanjilal in college st, they do have a huge collection of varieity of sarees with reasonable price, you can also contact Mrs. Swarnali kanjilal(the owner of the Adi Mohinimohan Kanjilal shop), who is also a fashion consultant. And for more trendy, contemporary sarees like ghicha, khaddi silk, cotton handloom or kanchipuram silk you can visit a shop called BYLOOM in Hindusthan park near gariahat, they have exquisite collection, they also sell blouses. Well in a reply it is very difficult to answer all your queries so I will suggest you to wait for my upcoming article for saree shopping in kolkata and for some more makeup artist info who work all over India.
      Once again thanks for finding my blog informative and for those lovely words. Keep coming back!

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    2. Dear Indian Blush..

      Thank you so much for all the names and details. I have taken note of the places. I really can't thank you enough. I am looking forward to reading your future blogs.
      Thanks a ton!:)
      And its always a delight to read your blogs..

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    3. Hi

      I love the Tant Muga! Kindly help where i can find Tant Muga Saree.

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    4. You can get it in any tant or cotton saree store in Kolkata, you have to jst mention the name.

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  3. Hi,
    I love all your collection especially jamdani and tissue saree. And loved ur jewellery collection as well.
    Can you please suggest me some good shops for sarees and lehengas in kolkata as per north Indian taste? As my sister-in-laws wedding is in November and we are planning to buy sarees and lehenga from kolkata. And i have heard that lot of bargaining can be done in kolkata so can u give me an idea to what extent we can do bargaining.
    would be gratefull to you if you can suggest me few good saree shops.
    Thanks...:-)

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    1. Hi Anshu, I am glad that u liked them, and yes you will get a very good collection of north Indian sarees in Kolkata too, u can visit Park street for exclusive north Indian type of sarees, all the stores have very good collection, my personal favourite shops in park st are Anand and Panghat, they have unique collection but the "bargaining" part is a bit doubtful. For more budgeted stuff u can visit Rammandir area in north calcutta, they have real good collection of lahengas and wedding sarees and you can also try Mekhala munsi owner of Toga saree, they also make custom lehenga in reasonable price, here is her facebook link (https://www.facebook.com/mekhala.munshi?fref=ts) . And if you are still not done, you can surely try "Sabyasachi's" for exclusive customize designs.

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  4. i want to purchase the saree please sends me the detail,s how to purchase it

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    1. Hi Archana, abut which one(saree) you are talking about? And I have already mentioned in my post from where i got them all.

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  5. I have really loved the grasping quality of this content posted by you and would like to read more such contents related to this topic.

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  6. A good detailed and nice article on various indian sarees. I really loved reading it.

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  7. hi,

    i love your Katan Swarnachuri Benarasi Saree very much.. this is really beautiful. can you please tell me from where u got this saree??

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    1. Thnks Paromita, I got this saree from shop called Tant Palace near Than Thania Kali bari.

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  8. oh really!.. that is my para (area) u know..... i didn't know that shop has such a beautiful collection. thanks for the info... what was the price for that saree?? did u buy it long time ago? means price may vary a large then.. i thoroughly go through your blog and i really liked it.. your jewelry collection is also amazing...

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    1. Thats grt Paromita, yes I bought this saree six years back, that time it has cost me around 2000 or so, but you will get a very good collection of swarnochuri in Adi Mohini Mohan near college street and thanks for liking my blog, keep coming back.

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  9. thanks for the info... do you have any design idea about noa (loha badhano)?? i am searching for a new trendy design.. as i really love your jewelry collection...

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    1. Hi Paramita, m sorry dont have any particular designs for loha badhano right now but will surely share if I get some :) n hey srry for the late reply.

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  10. Fabulous collection of Indian Traditional Sarees.. Loved it. They have appealing look through a great art work. 

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  11. hi...:D i luv ur entire collection and particularly the Tant Muga andTant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom Saree...I'm from Sri Lanka.....can i know whether i can buy these particular sarees online....thnx :)

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  12. hiii.... I luv ur entire collection....and particularly the Tant Muga and Tant Dhoniakhali or Dhonekhali Hand loom saree....I'm actually from Sri Lanka...so can I know whether I can buy these particular sarees online....? thnx alot :) :)

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    1. Hi Shannon, welcome to my blog! The sarees that u are asking for are typically crafted in the rural area of West Bengal and currently they dont have any facility to sale them online. :( Sorry

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  13. Hey! Thanks for the incisive description of all the beautiful sarees :) It would be great if you could you please mention the market or shops for the designer sarees (wedding type) you mentioned in Howrah in the tissue saree description. Also could you also suggest places for buying jewelry (artificial or otherwise like kundan)?

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    1. Hey welcome to my blog! m glad tht u find the info helpful and will surely try to write on what u have asked for :)

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  14. Tissue sarees are too good. Loved the way you presented different sarees. It is actually difficult to frame all in one article but you have done it fine. Awesome post!

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  15. Please tell me where to find bengali sarees in new delhi especially dhakai jamdani

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  16. Dear
    Can I you pls suggest some online sites were i can purchase bengal cottan sarees at a reasonable price.You yellow saree item no:6 i ssuperb.Can you pls suggest a way by which I can procure a similar one.I am residing in Kerala.
    Hema

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    1. Hi you can try this website
      Byloom.co.in
      They do have a real good collection and if you want to look for more then i can share some of the store contact no as I don't think that they have a online store.

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  17. Hi I would to buy this saree
    2. Bengali Tant Saree - Jari Peta Paad (broad gold laced Bengali Cotton Tant saree)
    can you plz send me details to buy this saree..

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  18. Nice post and a useful post..Thanks for sharing this..Plese Visit us:Online Silk Sarees Chennai

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