Back strap loom weaves | Handspun natural dyed Eri silk
Spoken for

If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him a sa pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake- aye, what then?

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The drape and pallu of the sari carry the back strap loom weaves as a continuous running panel between the Eri silk.

The base and pleats are handspun, natural dyed Eri silk woven on throw shuttle loom of Kamrup district Assam.

Plain and check fabrics woven by weavers of Tai Khampti tribe. Nang Amlavati 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.

To bring gentleness to this whole geometry, Param added the beadwork, each bead at a time, slowing down time, scaling down the magnification to a few mm.

This is a winter Sari. And will be most suitable on an occasion of weddings or other festivities when you do not wish to wear a jacket, cape or shawl over your beautiful Sari. When your Sari can keep you warm and snug, then why anything over it! Hence, a winter Sari!

About Eri Silk and Natural dyeing

Eri Silk is a wild silk with a wooly fibrous filament hand spun into yarn, handwoven on traditional throw shuttle looms of Assam. It is elegant in drape, subtle in appearance and the texture of fabric does not carry obvious lustre that we typically associate with silk. Eri Silk being a protein fibre absorbs most natural dyes.

Natural Dyeing involves a series of high precision steps to bring out the adequate conditions for textiles to absorb and retain dye. With non-injury as our core totem, we have given colour to this fabric using those natural sources that are procured locally, leaving least violent footprints on life and nature. The dye raw material is natural i.e. plant and resin based, instantly compostable, non-industrial and non- toxic.

Blouse fabric

Buyer Empowerments

Eri silk aspect of Sari
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology.
00 % 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.
Back strap loom weaves aspect of Sari
Textile woven in Nagaland that involves traditional back strap loom weaving still followed at grassroots.
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
Combined aspects of the Sari
One of a kind textile that celebrates the sturdy aspect of back strap loom with the soft textures of Eri Silk in a steadfast stitching technique carried out by Gurmel Singh.
Moderate to Substantial
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold
Not fragile. Eri Silk can last a lifetime if well looked after. Backstrap loom weaves are also made to “last a lifetime” in their words.
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring. Occasional starch with uplift the drape
Ready to wear
Statement piece, elegant, traditional translated to modern
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 Nagaland and Assam.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
In support of natural dyeing through resources available in neighbourhood
In solidarity with backstrap loom weaving culture
Supports non- industrial tailoring skills.
Eri silk handspun, hand-woven and natural dyed with Narmohan Das.
Back strap loom weaves made with Chizami Weaves, North East Network.
Cotton yarn from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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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