Shah Mat

Kanchipuram check weaving pattern with raw silk in solids.
Spoken for
When I think of check patterns in a weave, I think of Chess. And I think of the traditional games that have survived the test of change over time.

Kanchipuram weavers excel in making check patterns as do the Sambalpuri weavers who represent through the checks, the game of dicing depicted in the legend of Mahabharata. Both weaving fraternity of traditional Indian weaves pay their unique homage to the geometry created when equal numbers of vertical warp intersect with same number of horizontal weft, creating a series of same sized alternating squares.

With no deliberate inspiration from Buffalo checks, the weaves I chose for this dupatta happened to have the symmetry of black and red with streaks of mustard. The warmth of that yellow inspired me and I decided to accentuate it.

Buyer Empowerments

Involves traditional silk mark approved handloom weaving of Kanchipuram
One of a kind wearable textile with emergence of colours, textures and form using silk industry’s fabric remains that have been creatively up-cycled.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant for cooler weather, just like any other mulberry silk
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. One may want to be more gentle with the woven zari threads. It is also good to keep changing the folds every few months.
Ready to wear
Silk fabrics are all sourced from Khadi silk manufacturers whose business model wouldn’t allow use of small cut pieces and hence would discard huge quantities. The fabrics are all pure silk, however nature of dye source is unknown. These remains are called “waste, reject or injured saris”
Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste
Casual, fun, light-hearted, modern
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork: 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.
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