Most Popular Bengal Handloom Prints in Kolkata

Indian handlooms have been a part of our wide culture since time immemorial. Known for it’s exquisite design, variety and quality these traditional prints and designs have, and are still being used on sandals, bags, greetings cards and even files & folders.

Here’s a list of some of the favourite prints which has turned out to be a rave in our city of joy!

Bandhani of Rajasthan

bandhani dupattas bengal handloom

The Bandhani or Bandhej fabrics beautifully catch the mystery which surrounds the folklore of Rajasthan. The tie and dye technique is of a special kind where diagonal stripes are created in silk, crepe, chiffon and kota doria fabrics.

These designs are especially preferred by the youngsters of not only Kolkata, but nationwide for their vibrant colours. The gota, zardosi and zari works are more popularly used for bridal wear.

Sambalpuri of Odisha

The Sambalpuri handloom comes straight from the heart of Sambalpur, a region in Odisha. This along with Bomkai handlooms, are must-haves for any ethnic outfit lover.

sambhalpuri of orissa

Sambalpuri ikkat is another kind of tie and dye print where scenes from Indian mythology is depicted with unique prints on both silk and cotton fabrics.

The Bomkai handloom on the other hand is one of the most expensive handlooms available in the market, but the intricate border designs and the woven work done with 100% precision and accuracy makes it worthwhile.

The Patola of Gujrat

patola of gujrat bengal handlooms


This one takes a quirky and more pop-ish twist on the original form and also for fabric lovers. Once again the tie and dye method is used to produce these designs and in the end makes for a fabric with very unique vibes – bright colours, exclusive prints and obviously, a bit expensive.

The vegetable dyed prints and the intricate Kutch embroidery can be seen on shirts, scarves and other accessories.

Kalamkari of Kashmir

kalamkari of kashmir

Kalamkari handlooms portray the beauty of Kashmir valleys in a majestic and flamboyant way. Popular for it’s printed silk, crepe and chiffon saris, and also embroidered handbags; the woolen pashmina shawls still remain the undisputed favourite from Kashmir though.
The elegant colours and beautiful hand-work makes it a prized possession for any fashion enthusiast.

Warli of Maharashtra

This is the art form exclusive to an indigenous tribe living in the mountainous and along the coastal areas of the Maharashtra-Gujrat border.

Warli of Maharashtra

The art is inspired from nature primarily and the use of geometric shapes like triangles, squares and oh well…you get the drift, to depict gods & goddesses, human figures and animals is stunning to say the least.

The print has not only been used on dress materials but also on decorative items, cups & mugs and also wall hangings.

Baluchari of Bengal


The soul of Bengal, as they say lie in many things and it’s fabrics like Baluchari is definitely one of them.

Saris in cotton and silk are crafted with the same delicacy and perfection which makes Bengal a cultural hotspot. Superlative craftmanship skills along with designs that define a person once worn, makes this embroidery form an exotic one.


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A Bhawanipur Education Society College graduate. I've been the drummer for the bands After We Fell and Stained. I've also been a two time state champion and a black belt in karate. A Delhi Public School passout, the flair for writing came from writing poems and song lyrics.


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