Patang पतंग

Lozenge woven with cotton on back strap loom
Spoken for

I call this shawl Patang because its kite like motif is an adaptation of ancient motif of tessellating Rhombus or Lozenge emerging one after another.

Artisans have woven this shawl with their interpretation. Indigenous skill of weaving on back strap loom is adapted to their personal sense of creativity. Stripes, triangles, rhombus, checks all create an interwoven mesh spilling into each other’s geometry.

The presence of geometry in weaving contributes to the archaeological affirmations of human evolution into advanced mathematics to be as old as that of neolithic times, close to 12,000 years back. To weave, wear or watch an essence of humanity that has not aged over thousands of years is indeed thought provoking and goose bumpy!

To you I bring this Patang, as a metaphor of flight where our past gives us the wings to fly into the future with ancient wisdom yet mindful evolution!

Buyer Empowerments

Indigenous textile product. Involves traditional handloom weaving
One of a kind wearable textile. I enjoy giving form to the textures of back strap loom lozenge motifs that highlight hills of Nagaland in colours that explore possibilities beyond the conventional usage. I have combined with naga weaves handwoven solid colours in cotton. They make the blue, purple and black pop elegantly at the right places.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
Ready to wear
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing, hand woven.
Casual, elegant, comfort
Grassroots production. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. In support of indigenous knowledge.
Cotton yarn sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Weaves made with North East Network.
Plain fabrics woven with supervision from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by Param, Bathinda, Punjab.
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 2024
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