Try a different look this festive/wedding season with these lush outfits fashioned from traditional silk saris of Bengal.
Splurge On Gorgeous Jackets, Dresses & Shoes Made From Baluchari Silk
Silk Jackets, Ties, Shoes
What Makes It Awesome
The Baluchari sari is a traditional sari from Bengal, handwoven in richly-dyed silks with intricate motifs woven into the pallu that depict tales from Indian mythology. It takes months to weave Baluchari designs which are mainly taken from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The saris are worn as a sign of aristocracy and status, and are connoisseurs’ items handed down through generations. Bengal's state emporium Tantuja has introduced a new label that is re-inventing Bengal’s traditional Baluchari saris and fashioning gorgeous jackets, dresses, shoes, bags, wallets, and belts out of them.
The shop on Park Street is the result of a project by the state government which is attempting to save the dying art of Baluchari. They have roped in city designer Abhishek Dutta to craft richly-detailed clothes and accessories that will attract the young. And we think it’s working! The opulent mood of the grand Balucharis and richness of their colours have been tweaked with a playful touch. If you want to go the whole hog you can pair them with their narrow, cigarette pants. Or use the pants to will jazz up any outfit – they will look really cool with a white or red silk shirt.
The shoes – starting from INR 1,400 – look like something from a fairy tale! The crisply-tailored jackets are perfect for weddings and elaborate parties. The brocade effect complements any single tone kurta or shirt you may wear under it. We loved the ones in pale cream and blues. They had a lightness while maintaining the material’s sumptuousness. Prices begin from INR 5,600. When it’s time to really dress up, pick out some of their ties with floral motifs on rich scarlet or damsels on blue (starting from around INR 1,500). Even the juttis showcase the richness and depth of the saris.
What Could Be Better
The range should have more variety in colours.
While the men's collection is great, they have something for women as well. Think dresses and sarees. When it’s time to really dress up, pick out some of their ties with floral motifs on rich scarlet or damsels on blue. Even the juttis showcase the richness and depth of the saris.