Morom

MR21120
Weaves of Nagaland woven
with cotton on back strap loom
The understanding of gender-neutrality or gender-fluidity stems from our personal definitions of gender.

Should a woman wear this shawl? Will I look masculine?

Should a man wear this shawl? Will I look feminine?

The lack of fluidity of gender in our own conditioned minds perhaps compels us to imagine clothing, as gender-fluid or gender-rigid.
When this rigidity of what a male or female should wear or look like, melts. And when a human can accept their masculine or feminine's natural spectrum, then perhaps, when we look at any textile, we will be able to see,

"What is there in this garment, that represents me? Rather than, what gender is this garment for?”

Learning from indigenous minds, the deeper aspects of gender dynamics. They teach me, a textile is representative of choices, circumstances, identity, celebrating beliefs and personal efforts. A textile is worn responsibly, gracefully, mindfully.

I resonate deeply with this, as I do know what we wear, communicates. And when we choose what we communicate, it is very effective.

This is that shawl that helps me communicate my views on gender.

And I choose to call it Morom, which is a Nagamese word for a broad range of words that describe love, affection, gentleness, empathy, sympathy, soft, “from heart”, “by choice”. By calling it Morom, I send out Morom to all those beautiful, lovable humans who are currently stuck in the vortex of gender dynamics.

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Indigenous textile product, Involves traditional handloom weaving of Nagaland. Also involved in the making is the textile innovation of Malkha India.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile. I enjoyed giving form to the textures of back strap loom weaves with gentle beadwork. The weave motifs highlight the triangular geometry representing hills of Nagaland in colours that explore possibilities beyond the conventional usage.
Helf-Feel
Moderate
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Longevity
Not fragile
Care
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
State
Ready to wear
Soul
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing used for Naga weaves; Natural dyed Malkha cotton
Concerns
Addressed
Grassroots production. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
Drape
Elegant, statement piece, modern
Fabric: Cotton yarn sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Weaves made with North East Network, Nagaland.
Solid fabrics by Malkha India.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork: Param, Bathinda, Punjab.
Disclaimer:
Imperfections in the weaves reflect handmade
Irregularity in the dyes reflect natural process
Innocent spots in the textiles reflect being homemade
A work of nature cannot be sterile and error-free
A choice to still buy what we make is a step
Towards supporting original culture
Of people
Of nature
Of craft

A celebration of humanness.
Mora Collective 2023
designed by: MIDTOAN
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