Hozho

MR21045
Weaves by Mising tribe artisans from Assam & Tai Khampti artisans from Arunachal Pradesh | Ikat | Malkha |
Spoken for

Hozho is a Navajo term for walking in beauty. With beauty to the left beauty to the right beauty above beauty below and beauty all around you.

Mising or Mishing community artisans wove the drape and pallu aspect of weaves.

The borders are made with a consistent flow of Ikat.

The pleats are made with Malkha.

The base is made with plain grey cotton woven by Tai Khampti artisans.

When so many artisans coming together with their hearts, hands, eyes, heads, feet to make poetry with warp and weft, it is Hozho, an act of creating beauty all around!

About Tai Khampti weaving

My association with Tai Khampti tribe began in 2012 when I expressed my wish to work with weaves of their community to Amla. She said she would involve her family- her own mother, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law to experiment making some weaves together. She mentioned that since they had not woven saris before, this would involve some trial and errors. Her family started to weave the more intricate patterns as the one seen in the Sari after about two years of trials and some compromised attempts. What started out among the family members in the year 2012, soon extended itself to about 30 homes of Namsai district.

In 2013, we brought about 500 kgs of cotton yarn to Arunachal Pradesh and took it as a drive to sensitise weavers towards using cotton over synthetic yarns for their indigenous weaves. Amla has championed the work we carried out with Tai Khampti weavers for more years than I could ever imagine. She began engaging untrained weavers, single mothers, and older women to engage in weaving plain, checks and striped fabrics. Rather than buying plain handloom fabrics from mainland, we began creating livelihood opportunities by weaving less intricate weaves as a medium of training new weavers and convenient income for trained ones.

Buyer Empowerments

Malkha aspect of Sari
Intrinsic
Value
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology.
Soul
100 % natural, Protein- based, organic, hand-made, from nature-back to nature. Something to grow old with and then pass it on to loved ones.
Well-being properties
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable.
Mising & Tai khampti weaves aspect of Sari
Intrinsic
Value
Indigenous textiles of Arunachal Pradesh & Assam that involves traditional handloom weaving.
Soul
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
The combined aspects of the Sari
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind heirloom textile that brings together Mising tribe weaving motifs with Malkha. Selvage of the weave brings a delicate intimacy of the two ends of the Sari.
Heft-Feel
Moderate
Weather/ Mood
The combined aspects of the shawl
Longevity
Not fragile
Care
Pleasant-not warm not cold. Should give warmth on a slightly nippy evening. Should also protect from blazing Sun.
State
Sari is ready to wear. All saris come with blouse fabric(s). No fall/ beading required. The blouse used in photoshoot is for representation only and may not be the same blouse available with the sari. The blouse fabric given with the sari will be more in alignment with the aesthetics intended.
Drape
Statement piece, heirloom , traditional translated to modern
Concerns
Addressed
Made in rural household. 
Weaves made by artisan at home in available time-supporting farming lifestyle.
In support of slow movement
In support of indigenous knowledge of Assam.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
Supports non- industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
In support of grassroots initiatives like Malkha India
Mising weaves made with support from Doley family, Kamlabari, Majuli, Assam.
Malkha cotton by Malkha India.
Plain cotton fabrics with supervision of Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Cotton yarn for plain cotton fabrics from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by 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
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