Baluchari Sarees have spoken of nothing but class and heritage since time immemorial. The search for ethnicity and a mark of royalty ends with the perfectly woven Baluchari sarees of West Bengal.
Baluchari is a kind of silk saree woven in Jacquard style. These sarees are originally from West Bengal, and have made their way across the Subcontinent due to their exotic designs and high quality, now exclusively made in Bishnupur, West Bengal.
A major field of study, when it comes to handwoven sarees, is their design. Baluchari sarees have been known since the Mughal Ages. While back then, these sarees had designs depicting royal kingdoms and stories of the Nawabs, today they are specially identified by mythological depictions of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. A variety of such depictions also take inspiration from temple walls of olden dynasties. These include motifs of palaces, elephants, crowns, and many more. As one can imagine, these motifs instantly add grandeur to your entire appearance, and make you feel privileged as a wearer!
However, one cannot simply overlook the meticulous process of weaving these motifs on the fabric. This is done by painstakingly designing the drawings on a graph sheet. After this, these drawings are punched on the fabrics through various colour cards. After this, the weaving of the entire Saree takes about five to six days. The effort in itself, after all, speaks of the saree’s royalty!
Variations In Baluchari
Baluchari Sarees come in exotic designs and the most vivid colours. However, the kind of thread they are woven in specifically divides them into the following categories -
Resham Baluchari - These sarees are woven in Resham threads. The solid simple colours give them an earthy and a casual look. These sarees can go well for both formal and semi-formal occasions, depending on the way you dress the entire ensemble with ornaments. For instance, the Red Silk Bordered Saree by Vendant Vastram at Limeroad is ideal ethnic wear with its simple colour and striped borders.
Meenakari Baluchari - These are woven in more than a single thread. Intricate Meenakari work makes these sarees suitable for more formal occasions and adds to the shimmer of the material.
Swarnachari Baluchari - These Baluchari sarees are made with gold or silver threads, giving them a special look of extravagance. The dazzle about these sarees is on another level, and are the classic wear for the Great Indian Wedding!
The exotic weave and ancient designs make Baluchari sarees fit for even bridal wear. The customary red colour highlighted with ornate Zari patterns works the spell like none other. Apart from this, the famous black and gold combination is eternal in fashion history and speaks well in the Baluchari design. These sarees are so complete in themselves that they go well even with colourful jhumkis and some light makeup. Spin your Baluchari style from Limeroad with these simple tips and add ethnicity to all your special occasions!
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