Bebaak’s latest festive collection – Mehtaab is developed from handwoven cotton buta worked fabric from Bhanwarpur.
Inspired by the subtle moonlight glow , Mehtaab collection brings soft, luminous and soulful feel along with its silhouettes. The collection was incepted in the looms of Chhattisgarh. It is a collection of beautiful cotton apparel made from delicate handwoven fabric with buta work. Crafted with precision the collection celebrates vibrant and rich heritage through its handmade clothing range. The collection includes cotton dresses, kurti, crop top, skirt and palazzo for women.
ZbH’s favourites from the latest collection include :
Yellow Angrakha Kurta
Blue flare and frill skirt and blouse
Majority of the population in Chhattisgarh are tribal communities from Bastar , Dantewara , Jaspur, Sarguja and Kanker who have rebelled time and again since 1774 against intrusion by outsiders , especially the British , and participated in the social reform by the Satnam Sect ( preachers of a cashless order) , Kabir Panthis ( followers of the 16th century revolutionary poet , weaver and Saint Kabir ) and movements by share croppers and agricultural labourers . These occurrences have played an intrinsic role in the lifestyle of tribals , women are free to choose their life partners , get divorced or remarry. The strong sense of individual identity is reflected in the simple and beautiful crafts – lost wax casting , beaten metal work , iron work, clay relief , terracotta and pats weaving that serve both ritualistic and domestic purposes. These crafts trying to evolve with changing times without losing their original beliefs , meanings and essence.
Bebaak works with the Jagriti bunker samiti in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh. This decades old weaving cluster has expertise in jala weaving and buta work. One critical thing about the current status of this cluster is that many weavers are migrating to other jobs because of irregular income generation through weaving and many weavers prefer to weave kora plain cotton. Cotton orders given by the government body as it assure regular income generation. Over the generations weavers have become quite skilled and have expertise in their craft. Unfortunately kora plain weaving is a regressive move that will lead to degeneration of their skills.
Bebaak has done some commendable textile design development work with the weaving cluster considering their expertise in Jala work. Their intervention has been done on cotton weaving. The reason they have opted for cotton fabric and jala work are because cotton is one of the most versatile textiles and suits to Indian scenario. The weavers need to see the possibilities of the cotton woven by them. While they can weave solid, checks and stripes, Bebaak found jala work is quite exclusive and elegant that can be the point of difference for this cluster. In buta work they have been weaving old traditional motif that required to restructure
Jala weaving is complicated and intrinsic weaving process. Developing motifs on loom through weaving required well pre-planned designs on graphs paper as each motif is crafted with proper count and arithmetic. Bebaak has opted for three motifs, round floral, lotus, and geometry in the jala weaving.
Though Chhattisgarh inherits many crafts and weaving culture like pata weaving. The state doesn’t have required marketing and designing support. Weaving clusters lack many basic arrangements that may help young enterprises and designers to work smoothly. Kavita tells us that they faced quite a few challenges but hopes that they will overcome all the operations related issue and try out new experiments in weaves. We can’t wait to see more.
Bebaak is retailing the collection through their website www.bebaakstudio.com. They offer
- Size customization, easy exchange, and pan India CoD.
- They take 10 working days to deliver the product. In case of urgent requirement, customers can contact them over the email or phone.
- For international order, customers can email us their requirements on email@example.com
Learn more about Kavita brand’s founder and Bebaak in our previous post here.
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