From the 1st to the 3rd of June, the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) in Kuala Lumpur will host Kesariya Balam, an exhibition of Rajasthani textiles, art, jewellery and furniture.
Since I’m absolutely besotted with Sarees, the TFA graciously allowed me a sneak peek at their wares before doors open next Friday.
You’ve probably already seen many of the jaw-dropping Sarees available at the event on the IG feed of @handloomenthusiast ❤️
What I’ll be doing all next week is wearing Sarees from Rajasthan and focusing on some of the textile crafts attributed to the state.
If you’re enamoured enough with the process, at least you’ll know exactly where to go to pick yourself up a Saree in that technique :) KL folk, please do mark your calendars!
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Hi ppl. Love for sarees. Love for silk.
Fell in love with this saree the moment I saw it. First it's a partly saree and second it has geometric patterns.. This bottle green with blue - white patterns enhanced the saree's look.. This is a murshidabad silk saree from the state of West Bengal. I buy my Bengal sarees from an Bengali uncle who comes home regularly. These sarees once tamed, they listen to us so well. The pleats don't get crushed easily. I have stitched the same blouse material which came along with the saree and paired it with white pearls. The pearls are from Hyderabad, Telangana.
Murshidabad has had a long association with the silk industry particularly during the times of the English East India company, which saw the emergence of two English factories to spruce up the production of silk as there was a growing demand in England owing to the cheaper prices and superior quality, particularly during a time when the Italians started charging additional cess. In the year 1704, the Diwan of Bengal shifted his capital from Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) to Murshidabad under the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city was rechristened as Murshidabad in 1716 wherein he became the Nawab of Bengal and thus the province of Bengal was under a succession of Nawabs up until 1790. Murshidabad also has a Center of Sericulture Research and Training Institute, along with various NGOs that assist the silk weavers and rearer, to produce optimally and thus uplift this cottage industry.
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I am Neelambari breaking out into ‘Pachai Nirame Pachai Nirame 🎶🎵’ and not ‘Minsara Kanna’ thanks to this gorgeous deep green and maroon Kanjivaram number. I should really say Karum Pachai with Arakku border to add the feelings you see. Say, Parotta Kurma is dish, but Parotta Saalna is an emotion 🤧🤗. Pairing with lovely light weight Chandbalis from Kota Jewellers, Coimbatore. I love them, don’t you?!
The saree was not born in this colour though, it was sand colour and I just decided to dye it on a whim. There is this old world shop called Ramlok in Ranganathan street, T Nagar where they dye stained sarees and do block printing as well. They do only the traditional pattu colours like Arakku, Karum Pachai, Karu Neelam etc. This was a few years ago and they were talking about how difficult it is to sustain running the business thanks to lot of the mixed fabrics and loss of authentic silk sarees which are handed down generations. I don’t know if there are still soldiering on! I am enthused to find out. So, think twice if you are thinking about what to do with that old Pattu podavai (silk saree) handed down by your Amma, Atha, Mami, Patti etc. give it new life while you help a local business. Wearing an inherited/ suttufyed saree is more than a garment. It is like a little piece of history and emotion ya 😂! Cherish it 😊
Swipe to see a video of the intricate Zari Paisleys aka Maanga design on the pallu.