Dhonekhali is a traditional Bengal saree that is woven from cotton threads and distinguished by its lightness and transparency. Its light and airy texture makes it suitable for the warm and humid summers, and thus these are loved by women during the hot weather.
Weaving of Dhonekhali Saree is an age old crafting of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The craftsmen skillfully weave cotton to thread, using two shuttles in weaving a Dhonekhali Saree. In the weaving process, bundles of cotton threads are washed, sun-dried, bleached, dried again, and then dipped in different colors to dye them. Once the thread gets colored, it is starched and processed to make it finer & stronger. When this entire process gets completed, then artisans use looms and weave the Dhonekhali Saree. It is a saree with 100 by 100 cotton thread count, and borders between 1.5 and 2 inches.
Dhonekhali is a square-fold saree with a thick border and a decorative pallav, and these are woven with a variety of paisley, floral, and other artistic motifs such as bhomra (bumble bee), rajmahal (royal palace), chandmala (garland of moons), hathi (elephant), ratan chokh (gem-eyed), and tara (star). The designers today offer these Dhonekhali sarees in printed, hand-painted and embroidered patterns and variations of checks, stripes, solid color or butis. These sarees have a robust weave and are thus perfect for daily wear.