Hailing from Dhaka, Jam Dhani sarees are known worldwide as one of the finest muslins available on the market. Its floral and geometric patterns are instantly recognisable and highly sought after by people from all walks of life, including royalty. This form of weaving is seeing a revival in Bangladesh, due to government intervention to improve working conditions. The growth has increased exponentially in recent years.
The process of creating a Jam Dhani saree has changed very little since it was first began in the 3rd century BC. Firstly, the yarn is dyed. Originally, these dyes were made using natural herbs, but this has been replaced chemical dye, reducing the price and expanding the range of colours available to weavers. Using a handloom and throw shuttle, a very fine material is produced, which is then stitched with a detailed pattern. As this pattern work is implemented without a sketch or tracing sheet, each one is unique and individual to the creator.
The methods of creating Jam Dhani sarees have been granted status as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Due to its labour-intensive production, Jam Dhani was traditionally only affordable for the aristocracy and royal families. The fact it symbolises status have kept the style in fashion throughout its history.
The patterns featured in the Jam Dhani style of weaving are typically floral and geometric patterns, and are said to have originated thousands of years ago. They are usually added by Paar, a form of hand-weaving.
Our Jam Dhani cushion range includes a wide range of styles, created using traditionally woven cloth. Each one showcases the intricate designs and high-quality fabric you would expect and make a great addition to any home.