with combination of silks
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.