The Baluchari Saree, has survived a very rough journey over time when at one time it almost saw extinction. Re-vitalized into a vibrant weave form that has captured the imagination of a wide audience, the Baluchari sarees have returned to fashion with a bang.
The Baluchari Saree or Baluchar Saree, is an art weave offering traditionally from Bengal, once worn only by women from the upper class and landlord families, during festive occasions and weddings.
Today it is widely worn in many parts of the country on various occasions, appreciated for its magnificent weave, attractive motifs, brilliant colours and thematic pallus.
Baluchari Sarees with silk brocade designs suited to the base colour, are decorated with attractive motifs. The appeal of the Baluchari lies in its colour harmony and not in contrast, of the pattern colours with the colour of the body fabric. Preferred Colours are red, green, yellow, blue and their shades.
Unnati Silks one of the major players in the ethnic market has rightly seen the traditional value of the themes preferred on the Baluchari fabric. Mythological stories, scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata and architecture found on the walls of the terra cotta temples that the Malla rulers had built in present day Bengal, are central subjects that generally adorn the Pallav or Pallu and heighten the appeal of these traditional weaves.
Unnati has therefore rightly experimented with its master weavers of the same origin to bring out similar themes through the modern jacquard looms and the results are sensational. Fusion versions having floral motifs on the body, light colourful borders and thematic presentation in ethnic art on the pallu have been rewarded with applause from the market.
While incorporation are inclusive of modern tastes, the heirloom value of traditional Baluchari has not been sacrificed even marginally. Quality checks at every step in the various stages of the process have ensured retention in quality of the Baluchari Saree. Fineness, shine and durability have been and remain the hallmarks of the Baluchari Saree from Unnati.
Baluchari Sarees are preferred as soft and comfortable wear, for their fine weave and stylish looks.
Some popular themes of today as flower bunches, animals, court scenes of an earlier era, boat etc. adorning the Baluchari Saree make them most attractive and apt for a variety of occasions; be it wedding ceremonies, parties, grand functions, social gatherings or as corporate wear.
The Baluchari saree traditionally also is undergoing a face change. With an increased use of organic materials, it has forayed into the experimental manufacture of the Baluchari Organic Sari. Fine blends of cotton with both banana fibres and bamboo shoots replace the silk yarn, while acidic dyes have been substituted with dyes made from extracts of fruits, vegetables, leaves, turmeric etc.
The Baluchari saree has won the Presidential award on two occasions for its weaving style and has been prominently displayed in international trade fairs.
Unnati silks holds the distinction of having one of the widest and finest ranges of ethnic sarees and salwar kameez online and at offline stores and at the most attractive prices, retail and wholesale. This could be one of the answers to getting the Baluchari Saris of choice and quality, at extremely reasonable prices.