Calling Textile Lovers, This Exhibition Is For You!

Calling Textile Lovers, This Exhibition Is For You!
Water-flow patterned sari with Europeans on a steamboat in Murshidabad, Bengal, 19th century , Photo Credit: National Museum, New Delhi

The National Museum is hosting 'Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal' from February 8 to March 20, 2019

Sharmistha Chaudhuri
February 09 , 2019
01 Min Read

If you love textiles we have a treat for you! There's a Baluchar exhibition in town which you NEED to go for! 

Weavers Studio Resource Centre, in collaboration with the National Museum, New Delhi has come together to showcase a collection of never-seen-before Baluchar textiles from February 8 to March 20, 2019 at the National Museum on Janpath entitled 'Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal'.

Some may ask, 'what is a Baluchar'?

Sari with lady holding a flower in Murshidabad, Bengal, 19th century

Well, Baluchar is the one of the finest textile traditions in the history of India. It comprises of beautifully woven pictorial silk sarees from Bengal with its tradition dating back to the 18th century. The motifs of the Baluchar saris depict a fascinating tale of tradition and change while documenting events and the lifestyle of a bygone era. This 300-year-old weaving tradition, known for its unique pictorial representation inspired by the prevailing socio-cultural and artistic conditions, began in the Nawabi centre of Murshidabad. Over time, this art form disappeared only to be revived in Bishnupur and Varanasi.

This exhibition will showcase collections from the National Museum, the Weavers Studio Resource Centre (WSRC), the Crafts Museum as well as textiles from prominent private collectors. This exhibition will also see a host of curated walk-throughs. 

Also, if that isn't enough, a book titled 'Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal' has also been launched that traces the origins and the state of the art today. It has been edited by Jasleen Dhamija and published by Niyogi Books.

Where: National Musuem

When: Feb 8-March 20, 2019

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