Originally woven in the small village of Baluchar, in Bengal
The intricate weavers village was lost to the floods of Ganga
As with few art forms, which stood the test of time
Baluchariis presently woven in its much-watered down form in the town of Bishnupur
In a quest to revive its old glory and to preserve it for the generations to come......
To communicate the importance of re-developing the Baluchari handloom industry in Bengal for the future, the exhibition will feature contemporary interpretations in fabrics commissioned in Bishnupur.
Renowned designers have been asked to reinterpret and create one or two outfits from the currently woven Balucharis given to them for the section on Future Directions in fashion and explore those in a contemporary context, along with their inspirational note and observations and comments of 200-500 words to enable us to install and display at our upcoming Baluchari Exhibition. Only guidelines we provided were -
"Kindly use the baluchari textiles, reinterpret them and create few outfits in your own context maintaining the essence of Baluchari and preserving the inherent characteristics of this rare weave up to 70% of the total outfit. Baluchari is awaiting your creative intervention......"
The list of designers includes:
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Dev & Nil