The faintly fragrant silk ‘Balaposh’ quilt which also double as elegant shawl is an example of the fine craftsmanship of Bengal.
Produced in the town of Baluchar, the most well-known silk saree of Bengal is the Baluchari.
In the history of textiles, there is no name more famous than that of Bengal Muslin. It is a finely woven light cotton fabric in plain weave without a pattern.
Within the context of Indian embroidery, the kantha is a living tradition. The foundation for kantha-making lies in the creative use of the simple running stitch that secures the layers of rags.
The legacy of a lost civilization being incorporated on a present-day palette to celebrate the amalgamation of two worlds. An assurance to pass onto something special,thereby,creating a new timeline.
With this thought in mind, Biswa Bangla introduces the Bolivian Stripe motifs of geometrical patterns of the ancient Incan civilization on the Shantipuri weaves,thus creating fabrics which are unique "textstyles" with a definite statement.
Traditional Shantipur Saree borders, or paars as they are called, have picturesque names like bhomra, bumble bee; tabij, amulet; rajmahal, royal palace; ardha-chandra, half moon; chandmala, garland of moons; ansh, fish scale; hathi, elephant; retan chock, gem eyed; benki, spiral; tara, star; phool, flower etc.
The well-known nilambari, blue sky, Saree of Shantipur had a special deep navy-blue colour like the sky on a new moon night. In some special nilambaris, the borders were fringed with silver zari stars like the night sky. In traditional Sarees, the pal lavas were decorated with stripes of different thicknesses, called sajanshoi, in colours complementary to those of the border.
The eye-catching variety includes Ganga-Jamuna, Benkipar, Bhomra, Rajmahal, Anspar, Do-Rookha, Visva-Bharati, Brindamani Mour-Par, Nilambari.
Saree in the past used to be smoother and softer than those made today. The special technique used for sizing the yarn was the reason for this. Also both warp and weft used to be sized, which is seldom done today.
The Indo-Portuguese quilts mark a period in history when the textiles of India had reached the peak of their sophistication.