Folklore and historical writings speak of fine fabric being woven in Bengal atleast a hundred years before Jesus Christ was born. However, the golden era of Jamdani Weaving was the Mughal period. Abu Fazal’s Ain-e-Akbari provides a detailed account of the patronage it received during emperor Akbar’s reign.
Whether figured or flowered, Jamdani decorative motifs are woven on the loom, and it is undoubtedly one of the finest varieties of muslin, so fine that you could pass a Jamdani saree through a ring. Wearing a Jamdani sari on special occasions has been an age-old tradition for Bengali women. Jamdani fabric gained popularity across Europe during the British Raj. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London displays the rich heritage of traditional Jamdani work.