After the partition of Bengal, the weaver families migrated to West Bengal, they got along with them the priceless heritage of highly stylized weaving techniques which they had learned from their fore fathers. The handloom industry in the eastern region has had its share of bumpy rides, but Bengal handlooms have survived the ups and downs to become a household name among connoisseurs of textiles.
Daccai Jamdani an elaborate and ornate muslin Bengali style saree, came along with the immigrants after partition. This kind of saree is woven in both east and west Bengal but the techniques are little different. In Bangladesh, the weavers use fine Egyptian cotton, while the Indian weavers use only indigenous raw material. The single warp is usually ornamented with two extra weft followed by ground weft. While the original Bangladeshi sari is usually on a beige background, the Indian weavers are a more adventurous in their choice of colours. The intricate all over floral motif with an elaborately designed pallu and boarder is a treat to the eye. The Daccai Jamdani is woven by hand on the old fashioned Jala loom. Sometimes it takes more than a year to complete a single saree. The saree is as fine as muslin and shows off the worksmanship.
The Daccai Jamdani is an expensive and delicate drape and a complete party affair. There are other Jamdanis at affordable price and not so delicate, which can be worn by fashion conscious working women. These are mostly Jamdani motifs on Tangail fabric and are commonly known as Tangail Jamdani. Although beige background is the most popular, these are available in bright hues. Tangail, Dhoneokali, Shantipuri and Begumpuri are other popular Bengali style sarees in the lower price range. Of these, Tangail has a fine texture with elaborate border.Over the years, many patterns have merged as the weavers started experimenting with various combinations of design and yarn.