Paromita Banerjee


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This signature AGOMONI saree is our jamdani revival saree. A pure organic 'deshi' tassar saree in natural tassar, this saree has an all over woven jamdani in shades of red and ivory.  The motifs have been taken from traditional archival jamdani motifs of the designer's grand-mother's saree. 

We believe the true quality and finesse of a jamdani weave, is what you see on the reverse / underside of the saree. The last image shows the underside of the saree. This saree takes over 20 days to weave - one row at a time. Truly a handmade luxury, celebrating the value of time and labour.

Designer speak : The model is wearing the Agomoni with a tassar blouse piece. Blouse piece is included with the saree.

This is a collector's edition. 

What is a Jamdani ?

The word “Jamdani” is of Persian origin coming from the word “jam” meaning flower and “dani” meaning vase. Originally, jamdani sarees were woven in Bangladesh, Dhaka, and hence the name “Dhakai Jamdani” . After partition of Bengal into East and West Bengal, a cluster of weavers migrated across the border to West Bengal and settled here. These are the weavers, who weave our Jamdanis.

A jamdani weave is a prime example of the power of hand weaving, since the entire process of weaving the motifs is extremely time consuming and done completely by hand.

We at ‘Paromita Banerjee’ work on both graphic and floral jamdanis. The motifs are woven by a thicker yarn, called the extra supplementary weft which is woven one line at a time, to make the motif, along with the standard weft technique of weaving the base of the fabric . The base is usually of a sheer yarn than the motifs which is opaque on its surface. As such, this creates a certain light and shadow effect.  In a good jamdani, the motifs on the back of the fabric will be of the same neatness as the front, which speaks volumes for the skill of the weaver and the tenacity with which he weaves every single piece. There are times when a single saree might take over 8-15 days to weave.
Most of our jamdani sarees are woven from a span of 6-15 days each. Some of our complicated signature sarees like the NEELAMBARI, might have taken over 15 days to weave.

There are some things that cannot be replicated by a machine. Jamdani weave, is one of them. Such is the power of the handmade.

A timeless luxury.

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