Katra Katra

Patchwork dupatta
with combination of silks
Spoken for
कपड़े की कतरन है
कतरन का कपड़ा है।
Shreds of fabric
Fabric of shreds

Alignment of patchwork is a meticulous process. In this dupatta, each tiny shred of silk is first cut into straight strips. Then these strips are folded from all four sides by ironing them down with a heavy Iron. After this heavy duty fold, the silk folds works much like origami paper. Then, each of these ends are joined with another such strip. And like this this patterns continues. Threads when woven, one after another, become a weave. Shreds when stitched together, one after another, become a fabric.

Re-purposing textile waste was never a pursuit for Mora but resulted in a natural progression. My mother runs the stitching workshop like she runs her kitchen. Every little shred of fabric, selvage is always being carefully segregated into colours, textures, soul of fabric. Just like every little corner of the fridge, spice box, drawers and cabinets of the kitchen are organised.

An organisation where her mind and limbs move effortlessly. I always wonder the patience my mother must carry when she sifted through each fabric, piece by piece. This time I sat with those pieces myself. I am learning by virtue of patchwork organisation, what is being my mother.

Re-purposing waste is an engrained nature. Not tutored concept. We make patchwork to use up not only our “waste”, but others too. They were never “waste” in the first place. They were just unrecognised with a relevant purpose.

Buyer Empowerments

Mulberry based silk not produced by Mora. Sourced from spaces that reject smaller shreds of fabrics as waste.
One of a kind wearable textile. Up-cycling, Re-purpose, Shreds to fabric. Waste to Art through Craft of stitching. Magic of the dupatta is in its essence of nothing to something.
Weather/ Mood
Moderate temperature range- not peak summers, not peak winters.
Not Fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun.
Ready to wear
Commercially reared mulberry silk, mill spun into yarn.
Created livelihood opportunities for stitching patchworks. Mora Textile waste re-purposed instead of being thrown into waste hills. Following least-waste workshop model.
Formal, Elegant, Festive
Fabric shreds management by Madhu Mittal, Punjab
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab
Beadwork: Mamta, Jalalabad, 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
designed by: MIDTOAN