Cotton patchwork into a dupatta
Spoken for
Cotton weaving in India has been able to bring together many traditional handloom techniques, and I always find it intriguing to tell one apart from the other. Venkatgiri, Chettinad, Warangal, Uppada, Pochampalli and many such. Regions represent their identity with the quality and style of their weaves, often giving names of geography to these weaves. The movement over centuries has invited merging of various styles.

While growing up in a small village in North India, my exposure to weaving culture was remote. The women in my family wore handloom saris most of the time, but I didn’t grow up with the curiosity of textiles. I grew up with many cousins and a lof of traditional recipes. I remember my mother and grandmother taking names of traditional textiles. I also remember some men carrying huge bundles of textiles, travelling from far away regions, coming every year around the same time as a ritual, to sell what they had got. They were all unique and beautiful but I never really made any note of it. I was a naughty kid. Never steady enough to enjoy these intricacies of craft.

The weaves of various weaving communities of West and South India began to intrigue me only when Mora happened. Though I chose another road. I began to work with North Eastern textiles that are primarily back strap loom or traditional throw shuttle of Assam.

Over these years, I have continued to include textiles from mainland India in my collection every year. This calls for a mandatory travel to these regions as often as I can when I come down from the North and North East. Meeting artisans who weave fine counts of cotton with intricate motifs is a completely different philosophy of weaving than what I have chosen to work with. Nonetheless, the passion to see their potential keeps bringing me back.

It is the same way that I grew up on tea and cold coffee, till I had my first sip of good old filter coffee.

This is a gentle dupatta put together like a good cup of coffee with jaggery, brewed slow.

Buyer Empowerments

Diverse cotton fabrics bound together into a dupatta
One of a kind wearable textile where I used familiar textiles in a new setting. It represents cultural inclusivity, de-conditioning, beginners till the end approach.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- perfect for summers
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
Ready to wear
Mill spun cotton yarn. Source of dye unknown to the artisan.
Grassroots productions of mainland India. Fabric scrap Up-cycling
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.
Mora Collective 2024
designed by: MIDTOAN