Thebvo on back strap loom & Natural dyed Eri silk
with Pashmina (fine sheep wool) quilt pattern shawl
The shawl has two sides. One side brings together diverse range of natural fibres crafted into a intricate patchwork of:
Thebvo, Stinging nettle textile from Nagaland extracted without retting and carding process. Nagaland
Thebvo woven with cotton into tessellations of rhombus motifs. Nagaland
Turmeric, Myrobalan, tea, walnut and shades of natural dyed greens in handspun handwoven Eri silk
Pashmina, reared in Ladakh, hand spun, hand woven in Kashmir
The other side is warm, hand spun, woven Pashmina of a non dyed pure form to add warmth to the quilt pattern patchwork. I brought out its chemistry with panels of tea dyed hand spun hand woven eri silk. The subtlety of Pashmina and tea dyed Eri silk sings to me a subtle graceful song.
I cannot stress enough on the perfect marriage of Intuition and Creative-decision-making while choosing each tiny patch with another patch. One is Prakriti’s, the nature’s natural direction towards subconsciously picking the next. And one is Ritika’s, my own, deliberate decision of why one shape should go after another and why one block of this colour should go next to the other block. Hence the name, Prak-riti-ka!
Both sensibilities are integral to a patchwork, especially of a quilt form. At all point the geometry should assimilate back to the rectangle of a shawl form. And for that many permutations and combinations reveal before the chosen one is picked up.
When you will look closer into each panel and box of this shawl, everyday new textures will reveal to you. There is a deliberate design to use this shawl as an introduction to many natural fibres of the idyllic lands that Mora has been drinking the sacred waters of! These textiles have felt the five elements of these places and that is the reason many of you have spoken of the goosebumps you get when you open your mora :) Those of you who have received the gift of bliss from nature, will undoubtedly feel the energy this shawl carries!