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Baluchari Sari decorated with human figures and floral designs
Title Baluchari Sari decorated with human figures and floral designs
Accession Number At/79/247
Museum Name Indian Museum, Kolkata
Gallery Name Mask
Object Type Decorative Art
Main Material Silk
Manufacturing Technique Loom embroidered
Country India
Provenance Murshidabad
Origin Place Murshidabad
Period / Year of Work 19th century AD
Dimensions L.4 mt. 48 cm, B. 1 mt. 15 cm
Brief Description Baluchari sari is the traditional silk or brocade sari of Bengal which gets its name from the small village of Baluchar near Murshidabad where it originated. The twisted silk warp has heavy silk as weft often in contrast colours. It has a violet ground decorated with floral buta. This woven silk brocade sari decorated with floral design on purple ground. Fabric like this uses silk alone to create a luxurious fabric. Murshidabad was an important centre for these elegant types of silk weaving. The centre of the pallu or anchal is profusely decorated with European couple enjoying the steam engine tram journey, which must have been a novelty at that time and four large floral motives. The repeating floral motif is typical of the lotus style used in all media including textiles; this type of design was much admired by royal Bengal society especially design reformers for its simplicity and restraint.