If there is a place on earth where probably 111, yes, one hundred and eleven
different weaver communities cohabit at one place, then it is only Shantipur.
Besotted in Nadia District of West Bengal and located about 90 kms from
Kolkatta, this cluster has carved a niche for itself as a single largest
sourcing destination for the trademark Shantipur sarees.
With the advent of Mughal Empire, weaving saree at Shantipur got due recognition
and production intensified to such an extent that goods began reaching far
flung regions like Afghanistan, Iran, Arabia, Greece and Turkey.
Weaving activity here was in place since 1409 when Shantipur was ruled by Gaur
Ganesh Danu Mardhandev. Pramanik, Kastha, Dalal, Khan among others are well
known major weaving communities of this unique cluster. However, weavers’
belonging to Tantuvay community score in numbers.
It is generally observed that all weavers of the Shantipur sari cluster inherit
excellent weaving skills for weaving sarees on Jacquard looms. Shantipur sarees
are woven by weavers possessing traditional skills in jacquard weaving
classified in two main categories namely – Tangails and Dhaniakhalis made in
fine cotton and silk yarns.
Bearing fine uniform texture, weavers here create designs with extra warp in the
border and cotton ground base. This extra warp comprises of muga silk, twisted
cotton viscose (art silk) and polyester leading to the saris being named as
Anshpar, BennkiparBhomra, Brindabani, Chandmalla, Dorookha, Mour Par, Nilambari
In case formal wear or daily wear saris interest your client, then Shantipur
Cluster sarees are a ‘must have’. For this, all you need to do is contact below
or shoot a request in the form next to this text.
Mr. Saumen Mapdar
Textile Committee, P. Balu Road,
Prabhadevi Chowk, Mumbai - 400 025
Phone: +91 - 22 - 66527500/7507
Mobile: +91 – 9732339515