The Begumpuri Collection

I fell in love with the Begumpuri saree in 2016 when someone posted a picture wearing it in the W3 saree group. The black tulip was featured and I immediately wanted one. The very first Begumpuri that I got was a parrot green one from Devika’s IthyAdee. I wore it with my grey hair in 2016 :). A few firsts.

I keep wearing this often. Its pure cotton and so sheer that you feel you are wrapped in your own skin.

Begumpuri - Parrot Green
The Parrot Green Begumpuri – My first one

Then after a while I received the stunning Black Tulip and a Rust coloured Begumpuri from the W3 group store. Again, have worn them several times and they turn heads on every single occasion. I have written only about the black Tulip one earlier – Before and After …

Begumpuri - Black Tulip and Rust
The stunning Black Tulip and Rust coloured Begumpuris

More recently I purchased two more Begumpuris from Devika (IthyAdee). A cream coloured one and a beautiful chocolate brown. I wore the chocolate brown one for Diwali 2020 and the cream coloured one I wore on Krishnan’s birthday on May 16th, this year. What a sheer pleasure these sarees are to wear ! I cannot imagine wearing any other dress … wearing a saree just lifts my mood. 🙂

Begumpuri - Cream and Chocolate Brown
The Cream and Chocolate Brown Begumpuris

About Begumpuri Sarees

Begumpuri sarees are named after the place Begumpur in Hooghly district, West Bengal. Although the handloom history of this place goes back to 200-250 years, it wasn’t until dobby and jaquard were introduced to the fly shuttle looms that the current version of Begumpuri sarees were born. Begumpuri sarees are woven in bright colour combinations with a distinct extra weft serated pattern on the body and pallu. The cotton is usually 40×40 or 80×80 count with new designs being woven in 100 counts and mercerised cottons also.

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Wash and Care

The Black Tulip, Rust and Parrot Green sarees have been washed multiple times at home in these five years. I use Reetha (Soap Nuts) solution to wash them. I don’t like starched cotton and these sarees don’t really need any starching. Just get them ironed and you are good to go. When you wash the sarees, never wring them. Just rinse in cold water and hang them to drip. Preferably for the first time, dry clean the sarees because the colours might run a bit and ruin the look.

These sarees are inexpensive everyday wear ! Please add them to your collection and help a handloom weaver to continue his/her art.

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