Kolkata, Sept 6 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) When Rajpratap Rathor (of the Blue City of Mehrangarh, Jodhpur) and Raj Laxmi Panigrahi (of Orissa) meet, what results is a flawless fusion of motifs.
The motifs of the Blue City and colourful rustic appliqué of peepli (Orissa) came together in very aesthetic combinations, to inspire Raja S. Biswas’s exclusive sari collection “The Rustic and The Royal”.
The exhibition in Kolkata
was inaugurated by actor-filmmaker Aparna Sen
and designer Agnimitra Paul
.The amalgamation of these two motifs of royalty and rusticity made for a stunning look – giving a unique look to the saris that Raja has printed. Block-prints on Bhagalpur Silk, Kerala Cotton, Georgette and Maheshwari were available.
For the Kerala cottons, Raja had worked with peepli blocks.
The procedure involved transferring of the blocks to a graphic format, and creating a six-colour block, and then doing Mokash work (from Lucknow) on the sari materials.
The Bhagalpuri saris, on the other hand, were block-printed with motifs from the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur.
Raja said, “On a recent visit to the city, I was mesmerized by the architecture. Everything from the ceilings to the floors inspired me. I transferred the motifs to a graphic format, then block-printed them on Bhagalpur silks and tussars.”Raja had also worked on georgettes- very quintessentially royal.
On these, he had also done peepli prints as well as Gota work.
The borders were quite unusual, providing a 3D effect as they have been given gold printing, and then had different motifs printed on them.
Prices ranged from Rs. 2500–7500.