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Bengali sarees- a gorgeous Indian tradition from Bengal

A traditional and timeless saree type, Bengali saree is the favorite of all generations of women. It has enhanced the look of almost all ladies from generations. And it is hard to resist not wearing it when you are a typical Bengali. Not only women from Bengal but those belonging to different cultures and religions also love this style of saree. The Indian film industry has always been showcasing Bengali sarees in the films. The Bollywood beauties have admired this authentic Bengali garment for ages. Besides its beauty what makes them more admirable is its amazing history.

History of Bengali sarees

The two popular types of Bengal saree has always been a part of history. These are tant sarees and baluchari saree. During the Mughals reign, the tant saree became famous. But the Britishers wanted to boost their business so they tried every possible way to ruin the business of tant saree but they did not succeed. The baluchari saree has originated from a small village, baluchari in Bengal. During the 18th century, the art of making this saree introduced to Bengal and was spread widely by the then Nawab of Bengal, murshid quli khan. It has become a famous face of Bengal and has given the Geographical indication of India status.

Interesting facts about the Bengali sarees

  • These are five yards long piece of cloth which is 42 inches wide
  • Opposite to normal saree, tant saree is a bit longer that is six meter
  • Both are popular due to their bright colors
  • Mostly, the baluchari sarees are available in purple and flame red color
  • The manufacturing hubs of these famous Bengali sarees are Murshidabad, Nadia, and Hooghly

These sarees are woven using the traditional method and still, it is manufactured using the same way. However, the baluchari saree is only made in Murshidabad using either silk or cotton. On the other hand, only cotton thread is used to make tant sarees. Therefore, they are more transparent to baluchari saree and other normal sarees.

So, after reading if you made your mind to buy a saree of Bengali style then just wait! You will find variation even in this, so jump to our next section on Bengali saree types.

Types of Bengali saree you will get in the stores


Undoubtedly, this one is known to everyone you may not know the exact name but you have seen mostly Bengali women wearing it. Yes! It is that white and red border saree we are talking about. It has become a symbol for Bengali women. Especially these are worn during the celebration of Durga puja. And women match the saree with a big red bindi look. Usually, you have seen women in this saree do not prefer any other hairstyle other than a bun. This simple look gives a stunning look to every woman wearing it.


Another similar variant to korial is garad. However, these two similar variants have a small difference which only a Bengali can figure out. They also have a white and red color cloth with borders. But the difference is that the border red color of garad saree is less bright. Moreover, you will see flower-shaped symbols all over the cloth. Not only flower but also other designs are available that gives an appealing look.

Taant saree

And this one also comes from the same family. Usually, women wear this variant in the Durga puja festival. Therefore, you will find this one in the wardrobe of every Bengali woman. So how to distinguish this variant from the other two, that’s not difficult because the cloth is crisp and stiff rather than more flowing like in other variants.

Murshidabad silk

Not only southern India use silk heavily but it is also used in weaving Bengalis sarees as well. Among all famous is Murshidabad silk which results in a light and airy cloth. The print style is very pleasing especially the batik print style which is an ideal printing design. It goes well on every occasion.

Dhakai jamdani

As the name suggests these sarees were popularly designed in Dhaka before the partition. But nowadays they are highly designed in Bengal. These Bengali sarees have jamdani print or design in the name of which it has become famous. However, looking at dhakai jamdani you may not believe that its Bengali saree because unlike others it is transparent. It is weaved using both cotton and silk. Usually, you will see women in Dhaka jamdani during the glamorous and highbrow parties.


The origination of this one is a small village in Murshidabad, baluchar. To weave them pure silk or tussar is used. That’s why this one looks more stylish than others. The designs in baluchari are usually the scenes from Indian mythology. Therefore, women don’t make pleats of the pallu otherwise the design will get hide.


On a large scale, tussar sarees are produced in west Bengal. The two famous styles among the women in this variant are buti and patta style. Usually, the work that you see on these sarees is Kantha stitch work.

These all were the different Bengali sarees types that you would get. All of them leave a graceful yet traditional and authentic look to the Indian women. Pick anyone that is your favorite and wear it traditionally like Bengali women. If you belong to Bengal then you would be master in wearing that. Whether you drape the saree freely or make pallu pleats, it will give an authentic look to you. However, you would look gorgeous only when you wear it in Bengali style otherwise you will not get that charm and look.

And if you don’t know how to wear it then don’t worry. There are lots of videos and tutorials online where you will learn about it. But it would be better if someone expert in wearing Bengali saree will teach you. They know all the kinky details of wearing and maintain it. So, it is better that you learn from them.

Get your favorite style to rock any occasion in this Bengali twist.

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