Jamdani is considered as one of the most beautiful revelations of artistic talents of weavers in Bangladesh. It is included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2013. Only recently it has got the GI (Geographical Indication) registration.
The traditional way of weaving Jamdani in the handlooms by the weavers in Rupshi village located in Narayanganj, Bangladesh.
A senior weaver is using starch (made from rice) on a part of a Jamdani saree to make it softer, making sure that every ply of the thread is interlinked with each other. Starching continues until the whole saree is completed.
Popular motifs of Jamdani include: panna hajar (thousand emeralds), kalaka (paisley), butidar (small flower), fulwar (flower arranged in straight rows), tesra (diagonal patterns), jalar (motifs evenly covering the sari), duria (polka spots), charkona (rectangular motifs), naksha, belwari, nayanbahar, toradar, hazartara mayuri, and others.
Concept and Direction: Professor Dr. Saifur Rashid, Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Team: Daloar Hossain, Ratan Kumar Roy, Noor-un-Nahar Weely
Photo & Cinematography: Bulbul Ahmed
Acknowledgement: Weaving Community of Rupganj and Bargaon, Narayanganj