The expression “tant” alludes to the handlooms in Bengal that are utilized to weave cotton sarees alongside dhotis and different pieces of clothing. The most punctual record of handloom saree weaving in Bengal can be followed back to the fifteenth century in Shantipur (in the Nadia region of West Bengal). The workmanship kept on prospering amid the Mughal administer (sixteenth – 18thcenturies), when it got broad illustrious support alongside muslin and jamdani weaving. Presentation
Tant or taant sarees are among the most well-known sarees worn by the ladies of West Bengal. Their light, vaporous surface makes them particularly suited for the warm and damp summers of this locale. Tant sarees are portrayed by a thick fringe, an ornamental pallav and are woven with an assortment of flower, paisley and other aesthetic themes.
Like every traditional style of sarees, tant sarees have a unique weaving technique. Packs of cotton strings originating from the plants are initially washed to evacuate any chemicals, sun-dried, blanched, again dried, and afterward plunged in bubbling hued water to colour them. They are then pressed and handled some more to make them better and more grounded. The strings are twisted on bamboo drums to encourage them into linger for weaving.
Each tant saree is portrayed by the outline on its outskirt, pallav and body. These plans are drawn by a craftsman and deciphered onto delicate cardboards by puncturing them which are then suspended from linger. Presently all is set up for the weaving to start. The least complex of tant sarees take around 10-12 hours to weave. More complicated plans could even take 5-6 days to finish a saree.
Tant sarees can be ordered in view of the area where they are woven, or the themes delineated on the sarees. The significant locales of tant creation in West Bengal today are:
- Begampur: Begampur spends significant time in inexactly woven, light-weight and translucent sarees in profound, splendid hues.
- Atpur: This town was known for delivering coarser sarees and dhotis for ordinary wear. The expression “Atpoure” which signifies “regular wear” means the Bengali style of wearing sarees which used to be the customary method for hanging for ladies of this locale.
- Kalna: Tants from this area depend on the Tangail style of weaving.
- Fulia and Shantipur: Combining the weaving styles of the first Shantipur weavers and the transient weavers from Tangail who settled in Fulia, this locale has built up the “Fulia Tangail” style of weaving and creates among the best quality tant sarees today. These tants are delicate and fine in surface, come in energetic hues and have expansive, complicatedly woven themes.
- Dhaniakhali: Tant sarees from this area are of good quality, predominantly come in pastel shades and have striped examples and less themes.
Tant sarees today include outlines which are hand-painted, printed and weaved on the texture. A variety of the customary tant has zari work woven into the fringes and pallav along the examples of a Banarasi silk saree offering ascend to the ‘tant banarasi’ saree.
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