Kathin कठिन

Ikat and a collage of cottons
Spoken for

This dupatta is my ode to a beautiful hindi word, Kathin! Kathin means difficult.

When I go to weavers in the mainland, they always say, “Our work is very difficult”.

When I go to teachers, they say, “Difficult is a part of learning.”

When I go to parents, they say, “It is only difficult till you have not done it enough.”

When I self talk, I say, “Difficult means it is possible. It is not impossible.”

While I walk the Path and I see that something is Kathin, I start preparing for the times ahead. I tell myself, brace yourself and welcome growth spurt!

Ikat is only difficult till I have not done it myself. One day, I will weave Ikat. One day I will learn to dye Ikat threads and tie and dye the symmetry of these intricate motifs. One day, this Kathin will be saral, easy!

Someday soon, I will embrace this that is Kathin!


Buyer Empowerments

The combined aspects of the Textile
Hand woven Ikat and diverse cotton fabrics bound together into a dupatta
One of a kind wearable textile uses up-cycled remains of injured, reject textiles to form a clever harmony of ikat and contrasting solids.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- perfect for summers
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
Ready to wear
Few fabrics mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing. Other sourced fabrics, soul of yarn unknown.
Casual, fun, light-hearted, modern
Slow production. Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by 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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