The faintly fragrant silk ‘Balaposh’ quilt is an example of fine craftsmanship in Bengal. What sets it apart is its characteristic softness and sublime fragrance that wafts through its quilted layers when it is unfolded. A thin layer of cotton, perfumed with attar, snuggles between two blankets of silk in this three-layer quilt.
The man behind the Balaposh was Atir Khan, who made them for the Nawab of Murshidabad in Bengal. Today, the art of Balaposh making is a closely guarded secret, and the legacy is carried forward by the family of Shekhawat Hussain Khan, the great grandson of Atir Khan. Biswa Bangla has revived this about-forgotten wonder of Bengal’s heritage.