Bleached-Sand Tussar Sari from Kolkata with Kantha Hand-Embroidered Trees and Village Tribes in Multicolor Thread
The kind of wild silk grown in Bengal is often mistaken for linen. It is lightweight, is crease-resistant, and makes for a highly characteristic drape. The saree you see on this page is a pure tussar silk number, which is the name given to the kosa silk homegrown in the eastern delta. The muted gold hue of the foundation is the natural colour of tussar; in fact, it is the differentiating factor between wild silks and linen.
The same is superimposed with a world of hand-embroidered motifs. The technique used is a traditional running stitch endemic to Bengal namely kantha. Although kantha usually features parallel rows, the stitches on this saree have been worked in circles and swirls in order to put together vibrant motifs of rural life in the region. The colour palette features a handful of deep solid pastels, which makes this a versatile number to be worn to parties and poojas.