So, here we will try to present some information about the Tangail Saree neutrally and hope it will help you to know more about it. Each hand weaving Saree has the story itself and they carry all the emotions, sorrow, pain and loves for every weaving artist’s life. They are not only making a Saree but also creating the history that is glory for us. So, here we will try to present some information about the Tangail Saree neutrally and hope it will help you to know more about it.
Each hand weaving Saree has the story itself and they carry all the emotions, sorrow, pain and loves for every weaving artist’s life. They are not only making a Saree but also creating the history that is glory for us. So, here we will try to present some information about the Tangail Saree neutrally and hope it will help you to know more about it.
In this article we will try to mention, what is Tangail Saree actually, How it’s made, Who made this and about their history, Current market demands according to local and international consumers and some future planning on this sector from various NGO’s and Govt. So, let’s start to get into the main article-
What is Tangail Saree?
Tangail Saree is a special type of Saree which is made exclusively by the weavers in Tangail. Previously it was known as “Begum Bahar”. In Tangail skilled workers have been making different varieties of handloom fabrics as their family traditions from ancient times. The textile weaving industry in this district is also mentioned in the famous traveler Ibn Battuta and Huen Sam’s travel history. This is the heritage of our thousand-year-old culture.
How it’s Made? Tangail Saree Weaving Technique:
Tangail Saree is a unique type of weaving done by hand loom in Tangail areas of Bangladesh. An extremely fine yarn is used to prepare Tangail Saree which makes it so soft and comfortable. Weaving style, color, design and length of Tangail sarees are different from all other Sarees. A special type of yarns and threads are used by the weavers. Tangail Sarees are not made in machines. That means every portion of a Tangail Saree is weaved and designed by hand. One of the exceptional features of these Sarees is “Par”(Edge). Jori or silk yarn is used for making its edges. The edges of Tangail Saree are made with special care with silky and shiny threads. It takes around 5 to 7 days to weave a Tangail sari. The weavers get only 700-800 taka for making a single Saree.
Where and Who weave this?
According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, among 12 Upazilas in Tangail, from 34678 looms around 76 thousand weavers are currently involved in the production of Tangail Saree. About 7 thousand of the mentioned weaving looms are closed now.Among 11 Upazilas of Tangail and one Thana, Tangail Sadar, Kalihati, Nagarpur, Sakhipura Upazila is the hand-loom rich area. In addition, some villages of Gopalpur and Bhuapur Upazila are also famous for weaving Sarees.
In about 65 thousand hand-looms more than 4 lakh weavers are assigned in the production of Tangail Saree in various regions of Tangail. Pathrail, Chondi, Nolua, Dewjan, Nolshodha, Bishnupur, Gopalpur of Delduar Upazila, Dhulotia, Bajitpur, Suruj, Bamonkushia, Gharinda, Tartia, Enayetpur, Gorasin, Belta, Sontosh, Kagmari of Tangail Sadar Upazila and Bola, Rampur, Chatihati, Aisra, Ratanganj, Kobdora of Kalihati Upazila are famous for the production of Tangail Saree.
History & Glory of Tangail Saree
Over time, due to a conspiracy of the foreign trade cycle, Muslin Saree is lost its existence but the Jamdani, Benarasi and Tant Sarees of Tangail have survived to this day.
According to history, the district’s original weavers are from Basak communities. Since the dawn of the tribe, they all were weavers. They came from Sindhu basin through Murshidabad in West Bengal and moved to the Rajshahi region of the country. Adverse weather largely divided them into two groups; one at Bajitpur of Kishoreganj and other at Dhamrai of Savar, Dhaka. However, some of them become associated with the work of the silk in Rajshahi. In search of a better place, the Basak came and settled in Tangail. The weather was in their favor, so they induced themselves wholeheartedly into weaving. Since then they have been weaving handlooms from generation to generation. Once the Basak community lived there covering a large area of Tangail. Most of the times, they are trained the inexperienced weavers through Basak Association and also controlled fabric quality. In 1947 after the partition of India and in 1971 after the liberation war, a lot of weavers from Basak community migrated to India. Then besides the Basak, people of other communities started to become deeply engaged in the weaving industry. They became skilled as weavers of Basak community.
What is the difference between Tangail Saree & Jamdani Saree?
There are many people who cannot differentiate between Jamdani and Tangail Saree. Jamdani Saree is made all over the country. But Tangail Saree is made only inside Tangail by a particular weaver community. They have been making Tangail Sarees for ages. Although Jamdani Sarees are also made in Tangail. The Tangail Sarees are completely made by hand work, not by hand and foot operated machines by which Jamdani Sarees are made.