The third London Bengali Film Festival launches at the Barbican this month with the UK premiere of Legend of the Loom. This documentary focusses on Muslin cloth; its trade and the demise of the industry. Reviewed as a ground-breaking film, Legend of the Loom tells the full story of this world famous cloth…
Made specifically for international audiences, this documentary takes the viewer on a breath-taking 2000 year-old journey; from the herbariums of the world, the rivers of Bengal where the plant (Gossypium Arboreum Var. Neglecta) grew, to the famous museums of Europe where the best examples of Muslin are still stored.
Researched and scripted by Saiful Islam, the film covers the story from the first foreigners to come to Bengal in search of its fine textiles, the establishment of empires and the opening of trade routes that began to connect the subcontinent to the wider world. Along the way, weavers, farmers, experts, designers, scientists and artisans give their views, add information and perspectives on display techniques, making the story come alive on screen.
Legend of the Loom, 12 April 2018
Barbican Cinema 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS