Bishnupuri Silk: 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 know 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 I have chosen such a title – well, for the Poila-Boisakh. 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 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 at Luggra.
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. Thus, Bishnupur became its breeding ground with the help of Shubho Thakur who introduced jacquard weaving.
It was just not Baluchari; Bishnupur also revived their silk weaving art. These lightweight silk sarees use 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 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.
So get one for yourself this Poila-Boishakh (Bangla New Year/ Nabo Borsho) from hand-picked collection of Luggra.