Kahani Bishnupuri Silk Ki
- by Sumana Bhattacharya
When you hear the word “Bishnupur” the first thing that comes to our mind is the terracotta works and the silk sarees. I may not be wrong. Since people who belong to Bengal knows the tradition and rich heritage that is hiding in the pages of history.
Once the kingdom of the Malla dynasty during the 17th and the 18th century, we know Bishnupur was the capital and a business hub. Popular for their culture and the fine artisanship Bishnupur rose to prominence since then and it is yet continuing its legacy.
Well, Bishnupur is also the land of Baluchari, Bengal’s one of the most prestigious silk handlooms. However, the fine and lightweight silk sarees, which Bishnupur produces, is also having no match to other silk saree available online.
Now you might be amazed, why Sumana has chosen such a title – well, for the Poila Baisakh I thought to be a bit traditional and picked some of the finest and rare collection of Bishnupuri Silk directly from the hub. I sourced them from the place where sitting in Texas, Dallas, or LA it might not be possible for your to go. Even if you manage to get one parceled, but who will deliver it before this Poila Baisakh, so I thought to be your wish-fulfiller and have got an amazing collection exclusively for you.
However, before I go and show you my latest collection, let me take a quick ride through the stories of Bishnupuri Silk.
Kahani Itihass Ke Panno Se…
Silk weaving in Bishnupur dates back to several hundred years ago. We know from the history that it flourished mostly in 18th and the 19th century when East Indian Company traded embroidery scarf and floral dressed made of fine silks of Bishnupur.
With the movement of the Baluchari artisans due to the torture and flooding of Bhagirathi, they got uprooted from Murshidabad to Bishnupur. Yet Bishnupur became its breeding ground with the help of Subho Thakur who introduced jacquard weaving.
It was just not Baluchari; Bishnupur also revived their silk weaving art. These lightweight silk sarees are using finest fabric. They have amazing floral motifs, animal motifs, stories from the Krishna Gatha and the use of natural colors. Just like those frescoes, early man used to paint the wall of the caves they resided. Those colors are so fresh. The artisans resource them from nature and do not depend on the artificial colors.
15% of the population in Bishnupur is employed in handloom sector. However, they get their raw silk yet from Murshidabad as the place is not suitable to grow raw silk. However, the timeless classics are made here with block printed, acid printed and batik-painted designs and natural hand paints.
Some of the Bishnupuri silk do take a time of three months to get ready and I have resourced some of those collections as well. The main thing about Bishnupuri Silk is that they are soft and easy to drape and are suitable for both casual and formal wear.
Sumana is one of the fashion-buff who has cherished her fashion goal ever since a long time. Her passion took her to open an exclusive boutique called IndyVogue that introduces every woman to traditional Indian attires mainly sarees, skirts and salwar. She is no hardcore businesswomen, but a homemaker who keeps on giving fashion goals that will never fade.