Girls Jamdani Sleeveless Frock Design 1

Dress form an integral part of every Bengali woman’s wardrobe. One of the most popular textiles that boast rich history and heritage is the Jamdani saree. Popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or simply Dhakai, this art of textile weaving has its roots in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Considered to be one of the finest varieties of muslin that is hand-woven from cotton, the art flourished under Mughal patronage. Even the name, Jamdani, is of Persian origin and comes from the word “jam” meaning flower and “dani” meaning vase. The name is suggestive of the beautiful floral motifs on these sarees. The earliest mention of Jamdani sarees can be found in Chanakya’s Arthashastra, dating back to the 3rd-century BC.


Weight400 g


5-6yers, 11-12yers, 13-14yers, 7-8yers, 9-10yers

The base fabric for Jamdani is unbleached cotton yarn and the design is woven using bleached cotton yarns so that a light-and-dark effect is created. The process is extremely time-consuming as it involves a tedious form of hand weaving. The design is drawn on a translucent graph paper, not on the fabric, and placed underneath the warp. The base sheer material is made with the standard weft and the supplemental weft is used to add motifs on the base. This process results in the vibrant patterns that appear to float on a shimmering surface, which is a feature unique to Jamdani sarees.

Jamdani weaving is somewhat like tapestry work, where small shuttles of colored, gold or silver threads are passed through the weft. Designs range from “butidar”, where the entire saree is scattered with floral sprays, to diagonally-striped floral sprays or “tercha” and a network of floral motifs called “jhalar”.

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