24 Bengali Saree types to look Beautiful, Attractive and Traditional

The beauty of Bengali women is portrayed in the movies with the red and white saree. Bengali sarees are elegant and enhance the beauty of the wearer. It is an iconic look for every woman of Bengal. Bengali sarees have unique and the most sought-after draping patterns.

The Tant and the Jamdani sarees were highly patronized and made famous during the Nawabi and Mughal rule. Bengali sarees are made of cotton and its really lightweight.

Bengali sarees are traditional handloom work. The complex threadwork is meticulous and needs attention to every minute detail.

They are in hues of bright colours, with white being the most preferable. The sarees have scenes from epic folklore woven skillfully into the saree. The sarees are breezy to adjust to the humid climate of Bengal.

Bengali sarees are evergreen classics. They are timeless and ageless. It is suitable for all age groups and all body types. It looks aesthetic on any woman who wears it.

Here are the Bengali Sarees that are must to be included in your wardrobe

24 Beautiful and Attractive Bengali Saree Types

1. Korial Saree

Korial is the most popular type of Bengali saree. It is a white saree with red border. It is subtle and effortless. It is a classic look suited best for the Durga puja celebrations.

Just pair it up with a red bindi and a tight bun and you will be good to go. The term korial is derived from kora which means white or plain.

These sarees are perfect for the older women of the house. The korial sarees are adorned with golden or silver borders. It is also suitable to wear them during Bengali weddings.

2. Garad Saree

Garad and Korial are similar in nature and composition. The only difference is that the red borders are lighter and there are floral prints woven over the border and the pallu to give the saree a more feminine outlook. 

Garad sarees also have a cream base canvas. These sarees are lightweight. Originally manufactured in the Murshidabad district of Bengal, the Garad sarees have a texture that resembles crisp tissue paper. 

Garad sarees are meant for auspicious occasions and it is offered to the goddesses also during the puja.

3. Tant Saree

The best product of Bengal’s textile industry is hand-loomed Tant saree.  The word “tant” itself means handloom. Tant is the crisp cotton saree that is passed from generation to generation.

Tant sarees are made in bright hues. The thick borders of the saree are highly decorative with floral designs. The pallus have ornated gold design work. It is lightweight. 

Tant sarees are stiffer in nature than garad or korial. Tant sarees originated in the 15th century in Shantipur. The weavers of tant sarees were patronized by the Nawabs. After the partition, Tant sarees evolved with different weaving techniques. 

The weaving technique of tant sarees is also complicated as first the materials are washed to eliminate chemicals present. It is further bleached and sun-dried.

The saree literally takes about six days to be woven with finishing. In today’s time, zari and hastkala tant sarees are also available in the market.

4. Murshidabad Silk Saree

Bengal holds a strong tradition of silk sarees.  Murshidabad silk sarees are popularised since the Nawabs’ rule. The aesthetic works are the result of the hard work and talent of the craftsmen. Since it is locally created, the material stays authentic. 

These sarees are available in bright colours with bati print silks. They are worn for evening functions or casual gatherings.

The sarees originated in the 18th century and were patronized by Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan. The sarees tended to show the complex themes of royal life on the silk canvas. 

Murshidabad silk sarees are easy to drape. The saree needs proper care and washing. It should be kept in a damp-free place to avoid spoilage.

5. Dhakai Jamdani Saree

Originally from Bangladesh before the partition, the name comes from the capital city of Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, these sarees are made with Egyptian cotton, while the weavers of West Bengal still use homegrown raw materials to weave them. 

It takes a year to weave these Dhakai Jamdani sarees. 

Yes, jamdani sarees are highly labor intensive. The weaving patterns are also complex. The designs are not drawn directly on the canvas but are traced with graph paper prior to the weaving.  The sarees have gentle drapes. 

These sarees are sheer and transparent to allow airflow in humid weather. A blend of cotton silk and adorned with floral designs, these sarees are perfect for evening functions.

Dhakai Jamdani sarees are made with the finest quality muslin and cotton.

6. Tussar Silk Saree

The production of Tussar silk sarees is done on large scale in West Bengal. The entire sari can be worn in a single drape of the pallu or be pleated in different ways. The sari is famous for its patta and buti. 

The kantha stitch print is often seen on the tussar silk sari. It is also known as Kosa silk in Bihar. The tussar silk sarees were originally from Bhagalpur. They were woven by tribal women within a span of three days. The material obtained for the saree is mulberry silk. 

The tussar silk sarees are not highly durable. However, it is famous for weddings and family functions complemented by beautiful hairstyle and traditionally designed blouse.

Tussar silk sarees are an example of the illustrious craftsmanship of the medieval Mughal period in India.

The dull golden border of the saree is adorned with floral and geometrical patterns. Today there are a variety of Tussar silk sarees available such as Katia or Ghiccha.

7. Baluchari Saree

Originally from the Baluchar village in Murshidabad district. Baluchari sarees are made of authentic tussar silk. They are stylish and elegant.

It is often adorned with scenes of mythological folklore. Women wearing these sarees avoid pleating the pallu as it would spoil the entire look of the saree. It is one of the finest hand-woven works of the artisans of Bengal. 

It is ideal to wear Baluchari sarees during weddings or special functions. It is a result of many weeks of work with high-fiber material with beautiful bright prints.

Baluchari sarees originally portrayed the royal life of the nawabs on canvas. These sarees add colour to the wardrobe of any woman. 

“It takes almost a week to weave this saree”

The silk yarns of Baluchari saree are softened after washing with soda and hot water. The bright hues in sarees are added after colouring with acid dye.

Baluchari sarees were woven in the jala looms. At the beginning of the 20th century, the technique was revived by Shubho Thakur who introduced an improvised way to weave these sarees in a shorter time through the jacquard weaving method. 

There are different types of Baluchari sarees. The Baluchari Resham sarees are woven with one colour thread while the swarnachari sarees are woven with gold or silver threadwork.

8. Dhaniakhali Saree

Dhaniakhali sarees are made of pure cotton which originates from Dhaniakhali village in the Hooghly district. The material is much coarser and heavy. It is made with 100 metres of cotton. It is affordable. 

“It takes minimum 2 days of time to weave Dhaniakhali Saree”

These sarees are woven in pastel shades and are simple in looks. These sarees are more suitable for formal work wear. These sarees are a type of tant sarees. It is of high quality.  

Dhaniakhali sarees have stripped borders with no floral patterns present. These sarees are also suitable for long time use.

9. Shantipuri saree

Shantipuri cotton sarees are known for grace and simplicity. They come in simple soothing colours. These sarees are finely woven and are comfortable in the hot and humid months of Bengal.

The saree’s elegance is defined by the buti’s printed on the pallu. It is suitable for everyday wear. 

The designs on these sarees are inspired by nature, though they portray irregular patterns. Tie and dye are also used in the aanchal of the sarees.

The sarees are woven with the jacquard technique. Stiff starching is used in the wafting and warping of Shantipuri cotton sarees. These sarees are transparent and are woven with the finest cotton yarn.

10. Begumpuri Sarees

These beautiful sarees of Bengal are handwoven and made of cotton, also very popular in Kolkata. Begumpuri sarees have dreamy drapes. The sarees are woven locally. The cotton used in the saree does not need much starching. 

The sarees have distinctive features which are being revived through local initiatives. The borders of these sarees are narrow and designed with dyed cotton.

The Begumpuri sarees are of earthy colours with shades of orange and black with contrasting borders. They are lightweight and transparent. Begumpuri sarees are known for their Mathapar and Nakshapar border styles. 

The contemporary Begumpuri sarees showcase tribal patterns and motifs. These sarees are easily maintained but it is suitable to wash them only in the machine. The Begumpuri sarees are simplistic and yet their elegance is eye-catching.

11. Phulia Saree

Phulia hand woven sarees are a new style of weaving that has been developed in recent years. The yarns, the compositions, the weaving techniques and the textures make the saree unique in style. 

There are no dominant patterns in these sarees. But it represents the earthy colours of Bengal. Different fabrics are used in weaving these sarees such as Ghicha, mulberry silk, matka, cotton with the jacquard technique. The textures are eye-catching. 

There is no typical way to weave these sarees. It is an effort of permutations and combinations of yarning to create these beautiful sarees. Phulia sarees have soft textures and minimalistic motif woven on them.

12. Tangail saree

The origin of Tangail sarees lies in the partition history of India. These sarees are woven in silk and have a softer texture. The sarees have extra-weft butis. The silk used in the fabrics makes it easier to sew and weave the sarees. 

The tangail sarees have bright hues and a lustrous outlook. The edges of the saree are unique in nature as they are woven with shiny silk threads.  It is easy to drape this saree. 

Tangail sarees are best for evening wear. Every individual thread used in the tangail saree needs to be starched. Tangail sarees cannot be created by machines.

13. Mulmul Cotton Saree

Mulmul cotton sarees are originally from North East but they are popular in Bengal. These sarees have bright colours. The fabrics used in these sarees are one of the finest available in the market. 

These sarees are soft and breezy. It is perfect for summer wear. The sarees have a distinctive feature to absorb moisture and sweat, hence, keeping the body cool. Mulmul sarees are dyed and they often bleach colours and become soft after a wash. 

The Mulmul sarees are known for their simplicity and light monotone colours.

14. Khesh Saree

Khesh sarees are artistic results of the weavers of Birbhum. The sarees are woven with a new yarn and pieces of thin cloth. The weaving technique is simple. The tradition has been passed from generations of families living in Birbhum. 

Khesh sarees are designed with hand-block prints that are irregular. The minute details add to the exquisite charm of this unique piece of woven work.  

The saree is an amalgamation of old cotton saree pieces torn and randomly woven. These sarees are plain and simple yet appear to be attractive to the eyes with variant colorful strips.

15. Batik Print sarees

Batik print sarees are popular amongst the urban women of Bengal. It is woven with hard work and creativity. The designs of batik print sarees are often dynamic in nature. The batik print sarees range between Rs 800 to Rs 25000. 

The aesthetics of the sarees date back to nearly 200 years. The batik print sarees are designed with intricacy and are mostly custom made suiting the tastes of every customer. Batik print sarees have floral designs over a contrasting background of colours.  

These sarees are attractive and airy. Most physical block process is used in weaving Batik print sarees. Along with cotton and silk, it has blends of jute.

The batik print sarees are a visual treat as the fabric is waxed and dyed to create a magical effect on the saree. The designing techniques of batik print sarees have evolved in contemporary time.

16. Kantha stitch sarees

Kantha work is famous in the Shantiniketan and Bolpur regions. Kantha sarees are popular for their complex thread work. These sarees are manually woven by the artisans, especially the rural women.

The stitches are unique as it is a form of running stitches within which patterns are woven. The threadwork and the embroidery decide whether the sarees are heavy or light. 

The inspiration for the designs comes from the values, nature, and folklore of rural women. Each kantha saree is different from the others. This embroidery work of Kantha originates from the Vedic ages.

Naturally, the symbols and the motifs embroidered on the saree canvas represents natural entities such as the sun or the moon.  

The kantha sarees are worn in religious ceremonies. It is considered to be one of the coveted form of hereditary craftsmanship in India.

17. Matka Silk sarees

Matka silk sarees have intricated weaving patterns. The fabric and the texture of matka silk sarees resemble that used in tweed coats. The saree uses heavy mulberry silk. It has beautiful drapes and uneven artistic patterns. 

This saree has simplicity but a grand touch of luster which is obtained from the coating of the yarn with sericin. The matka silk sarees originate from Murshidabad.

The term matka is used as the silk yarns of the saree are winded on a pot or matka. The threads of the matka sarees are shorter than others as they go through the process of degumming. 

The silk used in the saree has a coarser texture although the fabric bears a strong resemblance to linen. Matka sarees are perfect evening outfits.

18. Bishnupuri silk sarees

The art of silk weaving in Bishnupur district dates back to the 18th century under the patronage of the Nawab of Bengal. Bishnupuri silk sarees are popular for their high-quality fabric. The sarees look simple in appearance but they do have an aristocratic touch.

The Bishnupuri silk sarees have smooth textures and high durability. Easy to drape, the sarees have attractive patterns that depict local folklore. Bishnupuri silk sarees are woven in mulberry silk yarns. 

The sarees are block printed. They are airy and suitable for summer wear. Today, the bishnupuri silk sarees come in bright colours and quirky patterns catering to the contemporary taste of the consumers.

19. Dhakai Muslin Sarees

Originally from Bangladesh prior to the partition, the muslin sarees were highly coveted due to the superior quality of the fabric. The Dhakai muslin saree can cost you every penny as it is luxurious. The muslin saree is exotic in nature. The textures are smooth and flowy. 

These sarees are delicate and must be washed with care. The border and the pallu are embroidered in Dhaki weaving with increases the splendor of the saree. 

The muslin sarees have a unique sheen and are transparent. After partition, the art of weaving muslin sarees were lost but it is now being revived with the Bengal government’s initiatives.

20. Block printed cotton sarees

These hand woven sarees are airy and simple in nature. They have contrasting hues and patterns with intricating motifs. The texture of the saree is smooth. 

The block-printed cotton sarees have high durability.  It is pretty easy to drape this type of sarees. They are perfect for formal and special occasions.

21. Shornochuri silk sarees or Sournachuri  Sarees

These are glamorous forms of Baluchari sarees. The shornochuri sarees have a shimmering luster and perfect for evening wear. It almost takes a week to weave these sarees. The Sournachuri sarees have a heavy texture, yet they are soft to the touch. 

The sarees have gold and silver threadwork on the borders portraying Vedic themes. It is crucial to store the sarees in a muslin bag to prevent spoilage. The zari work used in the saree is globally renowned.

22. Madhubani silk sarees

The Madhubani silk sarees have a smooth texture as they are a part of the tussar silk sarees. The madhubani sarees are formal in nature. They are woven in white or beige shades with a contrasting design on the borders and pallu.

The prints today are block-printed instead of being handwoven. The saree has an elegant aura and is mostly worn by elderly Bengali women.

23. Atpur sarees

The Atpur sarees translates into saree meant for common daily wear. This saree originates from the Hooghly district of Bengal. It is woven with cotton. 

The fabric of the saree is rough and coarse. They are simple in appearance and are woven in pastel shades. The Atpur sarees have a unique draping pattern done by the local women of the region.

24. Banarasi Saree

From the time of the Mahabharata till the Mughal rule, the Banarasi sarees have had a strong footing in the textile industry. These sarees are not native to Bengali but still worn by women during the wedding.

Banarasi sarees are an automatic choice for the majority of women with a beautiful hairstyle for attending any weddings.

The Banarasi saree is known for its ornated zari embroidery over a red silk canvas. It has a smooth texture with a contrasting shimmer of red and gold. Woven in power-looms, the Banarasi sarees have simple floral patterns.


Bengali sarees are beautiful and aesthetic. It has hues of colours and is suitable for every occasion. It represents class and grace and is suitable for every age and body type.

Every Bengali saree is catered to on different occasions. The Bengali sarees are customized for every women’s social calendar. It makes you feel ageless. Bengali sarees are comfortable and stylish in every season.