Sulaiman, a 9th-century Arab traveler, wrote of cotton fabrics made in the kingdom of Rahmi(erstwhile undivided Bengal)which were so fine they could pass through a ring.
Around the 12th century, Islamic influences infused the fabric with countless motifs and colors. And through the magic of one inlaid thread added discontinuously onto the loom it turned into a surface of mesmerizing patterns. The technique created motif-rich fabrics that bore poetic names like Shabnam(morning dew), Ab-i-rawan (flowing water), Baftnama(woven wind). It was during the Mughal emperor Akbar’s reign that the art blossomed into its exquisite form——the flowered Muslin Jamdani.
The Indigo dyed Jamdani piece featured here is a sheer work of craftsmanship. The borders are heavily worked on with such precision that it becomes difficult for people to accept it as handwoven. The combination of both light and dark shades of blue has given the piece a simple yet very distinguished look. The parallel golden motifs add a sheen to the matte cotton yardage.
Technique- Handwoven Jamdani
Fabric- Handspun 150count cotton.
Blouse- Available(not same as shown in image)