Common motifs in Bengal sarees
Posted on 06 March 2016
- Kalka or Kolka: paisley, that looks like a decorated droplet. Also known as "Persian pickle" or "Welsh pear"
- Pakhi: bird
- Palki: palanquin, carrying women or royalty
- Ghora: horse, often from a battle scene
- Moyur or Mayur: peacock
- Nortoki: dancer, from a palatial or festive scene
- Roth or Rath: chariot
- Shonkho or Shankh: conch
- Hathi: elephant
- Dhaki: drummer, amidst other musicians
- Dora: stripes, denoting simplicity and elegance
- Phool: flowers
- Aansh: fish scales
- Buti: polka or dots
- Lota-pata: twigs and leaves
Baluchari sarees are intricately adorned with motifs featuring royalty, palaces, dancers, musicians, festivals as well as historical figures.
Murshidabad silks have motifs ranging from elegant to elaborate, with a wide variety of traditional and modern designs.
Kantha sarees are embroidered with decorative motifs featuring various aspects of rural life amidst nature.