What first thing comes to your mind thinking of Bengal? We know, you will divide into two groups while answering this question. One group will stick to “rasogolla” or “misti doi”, to be precise Bengal sweets and the other group will argue on “Bengal tant sarees”
Yes, Bengal is obviously famous for these two. Anyone touching the “Bengal maati”, for once in his/her lifetime has surely experienced one or both. Now you can sweet your teeth at the end of this post, after reading the glory of “Bengal tant”.
Let us assume you know nothing of tant sarees. Now we can start from the beginning:
Taant, loved and worn prominently by Bengali women and the traditional attire, is completely woven with cotton fabric. If you have ever seen a tant saree, maybe you can remember that it has translucent quality. These sarees are practically the heritage of West Bengal.
Have a glimpse at the history of the saree:
Tant, which is referred for weaving cotton sarees as well as dhotis and other garments, had been flourished from the 15th century in Shantipur, Nadia district of West Bengal. Even at the Mughal era it gained the royal patronage with jamdani and muslin weaving. These cotton sarees were extensively popular amongst the common folks of that era.
Over the time and after the era of independence of our nation, these sarees witnessed some modernity and improvements in weaving techniques and many other weaving centres became the home of the hindu weavers migrated from Bangladesh.
The weavers of tangail of Bangladesh made Phulia (a town next to Shantipur), their home of weaving as well as Burdwan and Hooghly districts. These regions are now well known for various types of tant weaving.
If you visit any of these districts for getting a glimpse of the weaving, you will be witnessed and be awed by the large number of people weaving these sarees with delicate intricacies. The more delicate the designs the more time it take to finish weaving these sarees which sometimes extends to more than 6 months. Can u believe that?
You might also not know that these sarees are classified according to the regions where they are woven. Read on:
Fulia and Shantipur sarees
These are the finest and the best quality tant of recent times. They are soft, of vibrant colours, having intricately woven motifs,
These sarees are of good quality, having fewer motifs than the fulia sarees, with striped patterns and pastel shades.
Begampur focuses in loosely woven, translucent and light-weight sarees, brightly and deeply shaded.
Kalna and Atpur sarees
While Kalna sarees focuses in tangail style of weaving, Atpur sarees have the quality of being courser than the rest of the tant. Atpur ones are used as the everyday wear by the Bengali women.
Shop for a tant saree now, if you haven’t one in your wardrobe!! Be stylish!!!