Tanchoi is one of the most intricate weaving technique using one or two warp threads and multiple colored wefts. The technique is called extra weft and the famous motifs that are created using this technique are florals, geometrics or animal motifs. Tanchoi sarees are generally made in small and complex patterns resulting in a very soft fabric with no cutting work required at the back.
Tanchois are a very fine weave banarasi sarees that use an extra weft thread to create delicate patterns. It is believed that this art originated in China and was brought to India by three Chinese brothers with the last name ‘choi.’ Thus, the technique came to be known as ‘Tanchoi’, which literally means ‘three chois’ (tan – three, Choi – brothers).
Jamawar & Tanchoi are both traditional satin weave techniques where the motifs and patterns are created using an extra primary weft giving it an inlaid or embossed look. Unlike brocades that use supplementary warp or weft to create the motifs and patterns the Tanchois are softer and flowy.