What It Is: The Jamdani Saree

Ok, we have a confession. If we're being completely honest, shopping for the perfect designer saree can be hard. There are SO. MANY. OPTIONS. Do you choose a silk saree? A linen saree? A cotton saree? With all of the ethnic wear options available, it can become overwhelming to choose, especially when you're shopping online and don't have the opportunity to feel the fabric IRL or test out colours against your complexion; I mean, what even is millennial pink? With all of these terms whizzing around online, it's important to know exactly what you're buying when you hit the “checkout" button. This week, the Jamdani Saree: so what is it?

The Jamdani Saree has a long and storied history and is tied directly to the booming designer saree industry in Bengal or Bangladesh. Although it sounds complex, when you break it down, the name is quite simple and explanative. Jamdani refers to the type of fabric the designer saree is made of. In this case, Jamdani is a rich muslin fabric, woven from cotton, that comes specifically from the Dhaka District of the country. As a popular textile in the region, it should come as no surprise that these sarees are both an important piece of Bengali history as well as staple in women's wardrobes. The fact that the saree is woven from cotton means it's still a lightweight and breathable fabric, but as luxurious as wearing a designer silk saree. The choice of name is further indicative of the typical designs found on the sarees. "Jamdani" has its origins in the Persian language and comes from the word “jam"—which means flower—and “dani"—meaning vase. The pairing of these two words is reflective of the gorgeous floral designs often woven into sarees from this region.

Because of the laborious, intensive process involved in weaving the fabric, Jamdani is considered exclusive; and has historically only been worn by the wealthiest and aristocratic in South Asian society. Contemporarily, the fabric—and thus the designer sarees—have decreased in price due to demand, but still maintain the integrity and beauty of the original pieces. Besides the floral motifs characteristic in designs, Jamdani sarees typically give an illusion of the designs floating on a shimmering surface, and have primarily prided the use of red throughout.

Looking for light-as-air look for a summer shindig that's breezy to wear but luxurious to the touch? Take a step up from cotton and add a Jamdani Saree into your fashion repertoire. Not only are florals so in this year, but who doesn't want to add a little shimmer to their look?

Feel like you're caught up? Put your knowledge to the test. Below, we've rounded up five of our favourite Jamdani Sarees, available exclusively on ShopBollyWear.com. All you need is a new nose-pin and new piece of jewellery to complete your look!

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