Handloom capital of India

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Shanitpur and Fulia are two towns in Nadia district of West Bengal. They are famous for their handloom sarees across India. Shantipur has a handloom weaving history dating back to the 9th century. After the partition, many Bangladeshi immigrant weavers settled in Fulia. In Shantipur and Fulia, there are over 100,000 handlooms making Shantipuri, Tangail and Jamdani sarees. You can find these sarees woven in different yarns like cotton, silk and tussar. The Shantipuri indigo-dyed Neelambari saree is almost a household name across India. In Shantipur, they use a technique called do-rookha, wherein the saree looks the same on either side. They apply a paste made from sago or popped rice once when sizing the yarn and again when the saree is being woven. Bangladesh has a type of handloom saree called the Dhakai. After the weavers immigrated to India and settled in Fulia, they adopted the Shantipuri weaving style. Combining the Dhakai and the Shantipuri style of weaving, a style of saree called ‘Fulia Tangail’ was developed. These sarees are of vibrant colours and intricate designs are woven on them. These sarees are mostly woven in mulberry and tassar silk instead of cotton. The sarees from these regions are exorbitant. They have exotic designs and colours. Generations of craftsmen have been involved in this form of art. Handloom sarees are an integral part of Shantipur and Fulia and their identities.

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