Banjaran

MR21118
Weaves of Nagaland
with Ikat and Malkha
Banjaran moves with a purpose.
Nomad shepherdess of Himalayas moves for necessity.
Mora travels also are motivated by “search for meaning”.

Everything about Mora’s creativity stems from the idea of continuity of movement.
I constantly travel from one indigenous community to another.
Patchwork contextualises a style diversity and creative re-purposing.
Merging into one textile, skills of diverse communities can only be made possible when the above two meet at the harmonious conjunction.

This is Mora’s style of craft. This keeps the heart glowing. This keeps the movement continuous and light, while being constantly meaningful. This keeps the immersion, while not making me attached. That is why no two Mora are alike.

This Banjaran shawl is my ode to this chosen craftstyle and thus lifestyle. I have combined weaves of Nagaland with Ikat and Malkha. The weaves of Nagaland are woven with colours beyond the indigenous colour palette. The high contrast colours of desert-living are embedded in these weaves diversifying how back strap loom weaves are used and visualised. Craft of different regions are re-contextualised into a single shawl.

It is fun, isn’t it?

When weaves of Nagaland touch the hidden chord of your banjaran heart, something unknown reveals. That brings movement. A necessary movement indeed.

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Intrinsic
Value
Indigenous textile product that involves traditional handloom weaving of Nagaland is highlighted by Ikat and kora malkha.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile. The weave motifs highlight the triangular geometry representing hills of Nagaland. The three colours intersect each other creating outlines of diverse shaped box geometry. Braid motifs at the weave end bring playfulness to the drape by breaking the solidity.
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. Do not wring.
State
Ready to wear
Soul
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing used for Naga weaves; Source of dye used for Ikat unknown.
Concerns
Addressed
Grassroots livelihood production. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. In support of indigenous knowledge of Nagaland. Supporting community initiative of Malkha India.
Drape
Modern, bohemian, “to stand out”, can double up as elegant formal or casual fun.
Cotton yarn sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu
Weaves made supervision from North East Network
Solid fabric by Malkha India
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab
Tassels by Param, Bathinda, Punjab