The word Muslin means a plain woven fine cotton cloth. Over the ages the degrees of fineness have varied, as according to the varying thread counts. Muslin has been always used for a variety of purposes, including utilities & has not been associated with only saris or Jamdanis.
Jamdanis majorly fall into two categories today - Uncut Woven & Cutwork.
Cutwork Jamadanis, which are more prevalent in the market today, are woven in a technique where the extra weft threads on the reverse side are cut manually, after the weaving is done.
Uncut Jamdanis are woven in a technique which is more valuable, time consuming & hence more expensive. Here there are no extra weft threads to be cut on the reverse side. It's woven more laboriously, in one go. The Jamdanis of the past used to be more of this category & the weavers of this technique are decreasing in numbers.
In this section the Jamdanis are of the valued Uncut technique, as indicated on the item descriptions.
All these Jamdanis are evolved soft-drapes. They are not the starched-stiff cottons, as seen sometime back in Bengal. Softness is a very important element for us, for all our saris. As woven in West Bengal & not in Dhaka, they should not be called Dhakai Jamdanis. And we certainly value the Uncut Jamdanis more, anytime.
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