Jamdani essentially is a word of Persian origin It is a combination of two words ‘Jam’ and ‘Dani’ which means flower and vase respectively. This particular style of weaving is carried out by loom on brocade and is a time-consuming process. Said to be woven with the ‘threads of winds’, the history of Jamdani can be traced back to over 2,000 years and accounts by Roman and Greek raconteurs prove that this ‘Gangetic muslin’ was amongst the most prized article among traders even centuries ago.
Globally, Jamdani has been one of the finest muslins known. The Arab geographer Solaiman has spoken about this fabric in his book ‘Sril Silat-ut-Tawarikh’ being produced in Rumy which is now Bangladesh. The golden age of the Dhaka muslin began in the 17th century with Mughal rule. The Pathans soon followed suit, and it was considered a favourite of the royalty.
Jamdani work has often held its own among other exquisite garments and Jamdani fabrics are cherished to be gifted. Once fine enough to pass through a ring, a Jamdani’s effect is one of a shimmering surface strewn with precious jewels! Due to its diaphanous nature, Jamdani is supple to touch and beautiful to look at.