Handloom fabrics devoted to quality weaves in silk and cotton since historical times, gives connoisseurs of Indian ethnic something to marvel about. Bengali ethos is nicely displayed in weaving finesse, exquisite threadwork and extraordinary decorative techniques.
Traditional Bengal soft silks – the Balucharis
Baluchari silks, the pride of Bengal that were and remain, fine, eco-friendly fabrics with sensational brocades, eye-catching motifs, sharp, detailed pictorial depictions from terra cotta temples of Bishnupur and Bankura. The Pallav or Pallu is generally adorned by folk lore or mythological themes. Balucharis are made from silk. With silk brocade designs suited to the base colour, they are decorated with attractive motifs. Splash of colours to bring out the harmony, fields and patterns fuse in soft, stylish Baluchari weaves, Bengal silks with Baluchari borders and engaging Lepakshi prints, are meant for those exclusive occasions like weddings, grand parties, social functions and festivals.
A new wave of soft Bengal Tussar silks
The woven Bengal Tussar Silk Saree has a smooth texture, is light on the body, airy and has a comfortable and soft feel about it. Handloom Bengal Tussar Silk Sarees fascinate for their borders and motifs and the hand crafted designs that enrich them. Workable weaves that come out fine, there is affinity to most colours be it organic or man-made and the adornments on the fine weaves accentuate the look of the saree very much. The use of leftover silk from woven fabrics, are also used to create designs on the main fabric and is a by-product of the need for variation in the weaves.
Smooth Tussar silk sarees are good fabric canvases. Jute Ghicha Tussars with eye-catching motifs, fine tribal art Kalamkari on Tussar silk saris, smooth and soft Banarasi handloom silks, creative applications of Bandhani, Pen Batik, fancy block prints, attractive adornments like Kantha embroidery, appliqués, Kundans, sequins, beads etc. make for inspirational Tussar silk saree varieties.
Captivating Creations in Bengal soft silks from the Unnati Silks range
In recent times the market has seen two fascinating ranges of fine Bengal soft silks – enriched in variety, creative in design, colourful in composition. One taking advantage of skill and the ease of hand block printing, the other exploring the art of Pen Batik on soft silk.
The hand block printing variety of pure handloom and soft silk has a vibrant quality, what with a choice combination of hues and unique creative prints that simply pulls it towards you for the range and width of choice.
- You have alternating filled and plain coloured bands over the whole width of the saree, with the filled ones having small motifs evenly distributed in a nice match to its backdrop.
- There is an experiment with a large number of geometrical shapes of different sizes in a designer-like array.
- You have block prints of different patterns with a highlighted zigzag pattern catching the eye.
- Then you have the ever enticing mango bootis arranged in a pattern among the various assorted prints, to grab the attention.
And of course, there are many more thrilling combinations, each begging attention as much as the next.
Generally cotton is the preferred fabric for Pen Batik rather than silk, reason being the possibility of spread of color onto adjoining areas in silk fabrics. The new Unnati range of Bengal soft silks has taken up batik so very well that the soft and smooth shine of silk and the exotic designs of Batik have combined to bring out a range that has excited the market and enthralled the buyers.
Lovely images from an imagination run riot, a judicious mix of colors, flowery designs on a plain contrasting background, checks pattern with fancy shapes to provide the designer effect, sensational triangular design borders and fancy shapes with multi-color borders have provided a novel range to generate an interest that has baffled the creators.
There are especially two uniquely done designer sarees in pen batik that are eye-catching and wonderful. One with a plain dark background with an entire flock of multicolor birds spread all over the saree. The other is a flowery vine spread from one end to the other in light dual color set against a plain dark background. There are many more novel attempts in creativity that have definitely given a flock of new admirers.
Bengal has always had traditionally, handlooms devoted to quality weaves in silk and cotton since historical times. It gives connoisseurs of Indian ethnic something to marvel about. Bengali ethos is nicely displayed in weaving finesse, exquisite threadwork and extraordinary decorative techniques.
No wonder the smooth and swishy Bengal soft silks has instantly clicked with the ever eager market always in wait for novel, captivating creations, unique in design, new-feel in look and interestingly eye-catching.