We are known for our jamdani weaves. JAMINI in one such example. This is our signature handwoven jamdani saree in Indigo and white with graphic jamdani along the pallu and a striped patli-pallu.
No Blouse piece.
The model is wearing the JAMINI in a low pallu drape. The actual jamdani length in the pallu is for 38-40 inches. She is wearing our ‘rai daana’ blouse which is used as a styling element only.
Designer speak :
This saree has walked our ‘Salt of Life’ collection at Lakme Fashion Week and it has slowly become one of our iconic sarees for our brand to reckon with. The jamdani in the pallu, is of the graphic variant ; simple tessellating triangles.
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 by a weaver (sometimes working in pairs) 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.