What is the significance of Bengal Tant Sarees?

The classic Tant sari is distinguished by a thick border, a decorative pallav, and a variety of themes, such as floral elements, solar elements, and more recently, modern art.

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These pastel-coloured Tant sarees, a hallmark of West Bengal, are characterised by their exquisite motif designs on cotton and are calming and offer a good look. Tant sarees, which are durable and popular choices for both working women and women with strong personalities, grew in popularity during the Indian Independence War. Here is more to know about these Bengal Tant Sarees.

Bengal Tant Sarees

Tant sari, a traditional Bengali sari from the Bengal region made of cotton strands and characterised by its lightness and transparency, is thought to be the most comfortable sari for the hot and humid climate.

The classic Tant sari is distinguished by a thick border, a decorative pallav, and a variety of themes, such as floral elements, solar elements, and more recently, modern art. Tant Saris feature vibrant designs and are recognised by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In the Mughal era, tant and muslin became well-known in and around Dacca and Murshidabad, but the British administration attempted to eradicate this art to save the Manchester textile industry. The tant tradition nonetheless managed to endure, and once Bengal Province was divided during the 1947 Partition, several weavers moved to West Bengal and continued to practise their craft there. Today, power looms have mainly taken the role of handlooms in the process of weaving these saris.