Kolkata, in West Bengal has some of the best Saree shops in India. The Murshidabad silk, Balucheri silk, Tussar silk, Kantha silks, cotton tant sari and the intricately designed Jamdani Saris are all very popular types of Saris.
Here is a Brief Explanation of the type of Saree:
Tant is a stiff cotton sari woven in some towns in Bengal as well as in Bangladesh. They are colorful with bright motifs. They could cost anything from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000/piece.
Jamdani refers to intricate handwork done of fine transparent muslin fabric. The Jamdani weaving is also referred to as Dhakai Jamdani.
Balucheri Saris are woven in Murshidabad and Bishnupur. Mythological stories are depicted in the pallu of the sarees.
Kantha embroidered Saris are also very famous in Kolkata. They deploy the running stitch that is used in making quilts and blankets to weave wonderful designs in the Sarees.
Tussar silk is produced in Malda district of West Bengal. It is a light silk and is yellowish brown in colour in its original state.
Garad Saris are white Saris with red border. It is a typical Bengali sari that is worn by women on festive occasions.
Also refer to the glossary on Indian Textiles in Shopkhoj.com
Top 5 saree shops in Kolkata – Here’s the list
1. Priyo Gopal Bishoyi
Priyo Gopal Bishoyi has a stock of Tant Saris, Dhakai Jamdani Saris, tussar Saris, Banarsi saris and Kanjivaram silk Saris.
In the silk saree variety, they stock Banarsi silks, Assam silk Saris, Balucheri, silk saris, Chanderi silk saris, Kosa silk saris, soft silk saris and Tussar silk saris
2. Indian Silk House
Indian Silk House is another favorite shop of the locals in Kolkata. They stock Bandhej, Banarsi, Bomkai,Chanderi, chiffon, cotton Dhakai, Gadwal, ikaat, kantha silk, kattan silk, Maheshwari saris, paithni silk saris, patola saris, south silk saris, Tussar saris, Uppada silk saris and Brocade saris.
In addition, they stock unstitched lehenga pieces in Banarsi fabrics
You can also shop for ready made silk blouses, fabrics and accessories such as handbags.
3. Adi Dhakeshwari Bastralaya
The Adi Dhakeswari Bastralaya is an established shop for Saris. They have several branches in Kolkata.
Adi Dakeshwari colletcion
Banarsi saris,printed Patola silk saris with blouse, Dhakai Net silk Saris, Uppada silks saris and salwar suit pieces in Bengal cotton fabrics are available in this shop.
The prices would be Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000/piece on average.
Light weight Saris
Art Silk Saris, Bhagalpuri art silk Saris, handloom Saris, Kerala cotton Saris and linen saris are available here. They would cost less than Rs. 5000/piece.
4. Traders Assembly
Traders Assembly store has an excellent variety of South silk saris, Kanjivaram silk Saris, Kantha silks and Banarsi silk Saris, Tant Saris and Jamdani Saris.
5. Ananda Sarees
Ananda sarees were originally set up to focus on the handloom sarees of Bengal.
Tangail and Bengal handloom saris are styled and woven differently Crepe silk sarees, printed silk saris, Katan Banarsi saris with unusual designs and pallu are in stock. In addition, they stock Tussar, Monga silk saris and cotton jamdani saris with distinct design here. Women who wish to wear unique and unusual sarees wold love to visit Annada.
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