The jamdani, or the ‘figured muslin’, traditionally woven in Bengal and parts of northern India, may be considered to be one of the finest products to come out of the Indian loom. Here, cotton fabric is brocaded with cotton and sometimes with zari thread. This particular sari is a variant of the renowned neelambari, the ‘blue sky’ genre, in which the deep blue field of the sari is embellished with white cotton and zari motifs. Some of the most imaginative and poetic designs of jamdani sari included chameli (jasmin), panna-hazar (thousand emeralds), genda-buti (marigold flowers), tirchha (diagonally striped), etc.

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  • Title: Sari
  • Date: 1901/1930
  • Location: Undivided Bengal
  • Physical Dimensions: L 500 cm x B 119 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Cotton
  • Technique: Jamdani technique on cotton with gold zari
  • Period: early 20th century

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