There is something so sophisticated about traditional weaves. Over the years, several designers have experimented with ethnic weaving techniques, giving a fresh perspective to ethnographic designs. The elaborate motifs, vibrant colours and weft figuring designs have allured many in the past. Capturing the rich legacy of Indian art, with vibrant colours and exquisite designs, Snehasish Bhattacharya’s collection has always showcased a timeless yet fashionable palette of soft neutrals, warm reds and delicate yellows.
Combining luminous patterns with minimal designs, Snehasish has managed to merge delicately the intricacy of Indian designs with the simplicity of contemporary textures with his latest collection 'The Bong Collection'. Drawing inspiration from the traditional and modern era, the designer has incorporated several designs in modern cuts and silhouettes. “Basically, The Bong Collection is a range of Indian wear. The themes revolve around Durga Puja and weddings. With this collection, I have tried to capture the nostalgic elements of a traditional Bengali style with a classy contemporary twist,” said the designer who always shared a fascination for textiles and graphics.
From the delicate creepers jaal to intricate resham embroidery, Snehasish has dabbled in all. Inspired by Durga Puja, one of the most important festivals celebrated in Kolkata, his sarees are embellished with floral motifs, intricate embroidery and applique. "Mother Durga is usually associated with flowers. I have also tried to unite elements of nature with divinity in this collection. However, with the wedding collection, I decided to take a different route. I took the traditional Banarasi saree and gave it a modern twist. Most of the sarees are light and have been embellished with some zari. So, it gives the feel of a heavy saree. I have also used a lot of Chanderi and pure silk nets which are extremely durable. From Paithni (Pune) to traditional Bengali sarees, the city loves to experiment with diverse styles," said Snehasish who strongly feels that Bangalore is a melting pot of cultures and has never restricted its style to a single trend. According to him, the city does not compromise on designs, be it traditionally rooted or experimental.
Snehasish's crusade for natural fabrics like khadi has led to the creation of some of the most stunning works in traditional wear. "My first love has always been khadi and I have used it extensively throughout the years. It is a beautiful fabric and can be experimented with extensively," said the designer who wished to create a statement through traditional wear.
Having dressed several Bollywood celebrities, the designer has carved a niche for himself in the fashion industry with his elegant designs. Apart from creating waves with his costumes for Aparna Sen's 15 Park Avenue, Avik Mukhopadhyay's Ekti Tarar Khoje and Pradeep Sarkar's Parineeta, the designer has also delved into the finer aspects of contemporary designs. "I always have and always will love designing clothes for Vidya Balan. I think she has some of the best traits of a Bengali. Amongst the male celebrities, it would have to be Big B (Amitabh Bacchan). Be it a humble Bengali babu or casanova, Mr Bacchan can pull off any style," he added.
So what's next for this talented designer? "Well, I am doing some work with jewellery. It will be launched in December. The collection consists of interesting necklaces, hoops and drops of malachite. Basically, they are simple traditional designs that have been forgotten," signed off the designer.