Black Wooly Cotton Stole - Bishnupur Baluchari Handloom Product
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This gorgeous black stole woven with wooly cotton is ideal to make a statement of style and taste when the chill sets in the air.
We bring to you a vestment from one of the finest weaving traditions Bengal has ever produced. This woolly cotton stole is woven by the master weavers of Bishnupur in the Baluchari style.
Fabric: 50% Cotton + 50% Wool
Dimensions: 197cm x 95cm
Pattern: Body: Plain; Pallav: Shakuntala prancing with a deer
Washcare: Hand clean recommended for this product. Do not bleach and do not expose this product to excessive heat and sunlight
Colors in the picture might vary slightly due to lighting in the studio.
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About Baluchari Style of Weaving
Bengal has been a harbinger of the finest weaving traditions anywhere in India. Be it Jamdani or Baluchari, Bengal has given iconic handloom traditions to the world. From finest silk weaves to feathery cotton weaves, Bengal has it all. Let us take you into the world of Baluchari weaving.
Baluchari handlooms stand out from the rest on account of their elaborate weaves and visual narratives. The story of this tradition is closely woven into the historical fabric of Bengal. The origins of Baluchari weaving can be traced back to early 18th century CE when in year 1704 Nawab Murshid Quli Khan (the Mughal Governor of Dacca) relocated his court from Dacca (present day Dhaka) to Makhshudabad and rechristened it Murshidabad after his own name. This city lies about 250 KM north of Kolkata as the train plies. As the patron moved, so did the artisans and weavers patronized by him; and settled in a small village by the name of Baluchar (9 Kms from Murshidabad).
Baluchari weaves are characterized by pictorial themes depicting both social life and mythology. The motifs are woven into the resplendent pallav (pallu) and the body is usually plain. The motifs can be as varied as local flora or fauna, religious (gods and consorts), glimpses of Nawabi life, mythology and folk lore. The motifs have even kept pace with times. The Raj ushered in motifs steeped in Raj lore like Burra Sahibs and Memsahibs sipping tea/wine, elephants with Howdahs, Horses, Engines et al.
While Baluchar was the focal point of the weaving tradition, the style travelled to nearby villages and has formed the so called ‘Baluchari Circle’. This is just as well, since Baluchar was wiped off the face of Bengal in a series of floods and famines and the weaving industry was irreparably crippled. The weavers then moved to Bishnupur in Bankura district (90 Km from Kolkata as the Jeep plies). In the present day, Bishnupur is the only centre of Baluchari weaving. Due to the high cost of production of silk sarees, the industry is innovating and moving to other fabrics like cotton, wool or a mix of the two. Also the weavers are experimenting with other apparel like stoles or decorative weaves that can be framed and hung on the wall. The Bengal government is also taking steps to revive the dwindling weaving tradition. Formation of weaver cooperatives has given this art a shot in the arm. The steps may be bearing fruit and soon the staple of Nawabi wardrobes may make a comeback into bridal trousseaus in India.
|Origin State||West Bengal|
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