There are multiple claimants to the word Jamdani… The world is thought to have derived from “jaam-daar” a Persian term for floral designs woven in fine cotton or “Jama” a Bengali word for dress. Whatever the origin of the word, there is no dispute on the fact that it is one of the finest and most beautiful weaving traditions of the Indian Subcontinent.
Jamdani is one of the oldest Indian Crafts and has reference in Kautilay’s Arthashasthra. The Jamdani Weavers have received patronage from various kings & dynasties – The Guptas between the 4th & 6th Centure and the Mughals between the 16th and 19th Centuries. The process of weaving Jamdani is time consuming, extremely intricate & cumbersome and requires a lot of skill. A typical Jamdani sari can take take upto a few months to complete
The Classic Jamdani is woven on a brocade loom and uses the supplementary weft technique where the motifs are produced using a non-structural weft. What is special about this weaving technique is that the pattern is not sketched on the fabric. Instead it is drawn on a graph paper and placed underneath the warp. The Fabrics are light as a feather and woven with intricately designed motifs that almost float on the surface of the transparent & delicate fabric.
The Jamdani has now moved beyond Bengal and you can now also see Jamdani motifs in Banarasis, Uppadas, Odisha Weaves & Khadi Saris from various parts of India
Silk in its various forms (Tussar, Mulberry, Eri, Noil & more) is one of the strongest and most desired natural fabrics in the world. In India, Silk holds a special place of pride as the fabrics for weddings, festivals & special occasions
Sari, Saree or Sadis as they are known in different parts of India are a must have for every Indian Woman. Avishya offers a stunning collection of handwoven / handcrafted saris from across India. Our weaves include Kanchipurams, Banarasis, Chanderis, Patolas, Ikats, Jamdanis & more. We also have a stunning range of block printed sarees, screen printed saris and embroidered saris