Temple border Kanchipuram weaves
Spoken for
The temple town Kanchipuram has maintained its reputation as a weaving pilgrimage for hundreds of years. The weavers have documented their architecture, motifs and mythology through the existence of temples around them. The tapering-tower temple architecture is an adaptable triangle calculation in weaving. It may appear simple but only deft hands and minds are able to keep a continuous and precise calculation with each interchanging cross section of warp and weft.

This dupatta is my respect to ancient temple architecture, geometry and mindful skill of weaving these with yarn.

I collect these gems of weaving craft from Kanchipuram. To go through thousands of temple border textiles and choose the ones that call me out, indeed leaves a feeling of having been to a pilgrimage and back with blessings, prasadam!

Pilgrimage is symbolic of good hard work

Buyer Empowerments

Involves traditional silk mark approved handloom weaving of Kanchipuram
Emergence of colours, textures and form in this dupatta where commercial silk industry’s fabric remains has been creatively up-cycled.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- perfect for summers and for nippy evenings
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
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
Elegant, Formal, subtle
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
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