Jamdani Silk

Jamdani Fabric

Jamdani, an expression of Persian cause, is a mix of the words ‘Jam’ and ‘Dani’ which means bloom and jar separately. This weave done by loom on brocade is a tedious procedure and is a mix of figures and flower themes. Jamdani otherwise called muslin material has a weave of the commonplace dark and white, and once in a while a blend of cotton and gold string.

Origin and History

Early notices of Jamdani were in the book ‘Arthashashtra’ (book of financial matters) by an old business analyst – Kautily, going back to 300 AD.

There are recorded references from the early and late nineteenth century by James Taylor and T.N Mukharji individually, alluding to it as figured or bloomed Jamdani and Jamdani muslin. All inclusive, it was probably the best muslin known. As ahead of schedule as the ninth century Arab geographer Solaiman makes reference to this texture in his book Sril Silat-ut-Tawarikh being created in Rumy which is advanced Bangladesh. The brilliant age of the Dhaka muslin started in the seventeenth century with Mughal rule. Exchanging of Jamdani in Europe, Iran, Armenia flourished. The Mughals and Pathans stuck to this same pattern, and it was viewed as a most loved of the sovereignty.

Unfortunately nonetheless, the mid nineteenth century saw the decay of Jamdani fundamentally because of the import of less expensive yet substandard yarn from Europe and the decrease of the Mughal domain. The weavers had to sell their work at lower costs. At that point the East India Company started purchasing the materials legitimately from the weavers to stop the misuse. From a high purpose of fare of Dhaka muslin worth Rs. 3 million to England in 1787, the fares consistently declined and halted totally in 1817.

Sources of Inspiration

After Mughal support and the ensuing decay, this intriguing weave still keeps on being popular as a result of its polish and aesthetic completion. An uncommon magnum opus of stunning magnificence, Jamdani work stands its ground among other flawless pieces of clothing. Jamdani textures are esteemed to be talented. When sufficiently fine to go through a ring a Jamdani’s impact is one of a sparkling surface strewn with valuable gems!

The Making

Jamdani, as other customary expressions is finished by men. Networks of craftsmans in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal in India and at Rupgang, Sonargaon, Shiddhirganj ( Bangladesh), exceed expectations in this masterful aptitude.

As opposed to utilizing karpash cotton, today weavers use Cotton and Silk mixes. Being a flexible texture, it tends to be either woven in full Silk or likewise with a blend of genuine gold/silver/valuable metal yarn. Jamdani is eco-accommodating as it is spun by hand and foot instruments. Some planner pieces can take upto 13 months to finish, with two full-time weavers. Banaras and Tanda in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal separately, are a few spots for the weaving of these sarees.


Jamdani sarees, because of their transparent nature, wrap flawlessly and are supple to contact. Dhaka Jamdanis depict kaleidoscopic straight or botanical themes however the mango theme meaning fruitfulness, development and conjugal joy is incredibly well known. Tangail Jamdanis have single shaded fringes or two to give it a ‘meenakari’ impact, (Jamdani themes are made on the Tangail texture). Shantipur Jamdani has sensitive checks, stripes or a surface made by shaded strings or a blend of fine and thicker yarn. Recently tie and color plans are being accomplished for the pallu (some portion of the saree hung over the shoulder). The Dhaiakhali Jamdani has a more tightly weave with striking differentiating fringes and low costs making them moderate.

Bengal Handloom Cotton and Silk Jamdani Saree in Green

Other than sarees, Jamdani is utilized in scarves and tissues. Jamdani work is broad, a lovely embroidered artwork of geometric examples, plants and flower structures. A benefit of eminence, this craftsmanship is accepted to be an association of the deep rooted fabric making methods of Bengal and muslins which was delivered by Muslims in Bengal since the fourteenth century.


Bengal Handloom Cotton Saree in Off White

Prior blossoms and leaves were utilized for coloring and today compound colors are increasingly prominent. Staying aware of the cutting edge times Jamdani sarees have on their surface examples of Rose, Jasmine, Lotus, lots of Ginger and Sago, even lots of Bananas.

Occasion dressing

Jamdani textures are costly and require high support. Subsequently they are worn on exceptional events. They are flaunted at weddings, strict functions and any occasion that requires selective clothing.


Suggested cleaning is launder as it were. It is prescribed to save Jamdanis in a cool dry spot inside a zippered plastic pack or a perfect white material (continue washing this white fabric every now and again to safeguard the saree well).

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

• Jamdani is likewise referenced in the book of Periplus of the Eritrean Sea and furthermore in the records of Arab, Chinese, Italian merchants and voyagers.

• The most prized structure in Jamdani is the ‘Panna Hazar’ which implies a thousand emeralds.

• The kalka (paisley) example can be followed back to original copies of the Mughal time frame.