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A celebration of the proud heritage of Jamdani in Bangladesh

A celebration of the proud heritage of Jamdani in Bangladesh

Jamdani is one of the finest Muslin textiles in Bengal, a proud heritage of the weavers of Sonargaon, Rupganj and Siddhirganj in the Narayanganj district. Unlike the techniques used for embroidery or prints, Jamdanis are woven directly on the loom using the weft technique. It is a practice which reached its pinnacle of excellence under the patronage of Mughal Emperors, and has been handed down from generation to generation through oral instructions from master to apprentice. The industry, however, experienced a gradual decline since the mid-19th century, during the British colonial period, and numerous factors continue to hurt its production today. Research and documentation from museums and private collections made it possible for weavers to replicate original designs and layouts with great success, and a number of exhibitions, in recent times, have helped raise awareness about the rare skill and creativity of Bangladeshi weavers leading to a greater demand for fine Jamdani sarees around the globe. In an attempt to restore the Jamdani to its original excellence, the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation have jointly organised the Jamdani Festival as a celebration of the proud heritage of Jamdani weaving in Bangladesh.