Handloom enthusiasts are starting to get very excited about the arrival of Bappaditya Biswas for the 2009 Symposium. "Bappa" as he is known, has now risen to become one of India's top young textile designers. His innovations are sought by bollywood stars and the likes of Sonia Gandhi. They are a hot item in India's highly competitive fashion scene. Bappa works exclusively with handweaves. He has studied batik, wood block printing, and textile design to complement his love of constructing fabric. Despite the royal status of his client base, Bappa has dedicated himself to working in a rural environment with artisans who still have the traditional knowledge and the ability to push fabric in unexpected ways.
Bappa will be bringing a selection of Bengal weaves made specifically for his visit to Vancouver. The weaves will be exhibited to compliment the On the Banks of the Ichhamati event. And (as we are often asked) yes - there will be an opportunity to purchase works after Bappa's presentation.
Bappa explains his approach to handweaving in the above interview.
Bappa will also present a lecture, When We Work with Weavers and participate in the Working Traveller workshop. Footage of Bengal weaving and additional interviews with Bappa are available in our documentary Tana Bana: Wisdom of the Loom.