Murshid مرشد

Asymmetrical block patchwork

with Dimasa weaves
Spoken for
Murshid is teacher, a guide, the one who can see and the one who can show. When I begin to see a teacher in every little strip of fabric, they teach me with their unevenness, how imperfection and the apparent “wastefulness” leads to the highest application of a phenomena called “creativity”.

When do I really become a creative human being? In those rare moments of blissful contact with my own innate usefulness when I am able to see nothing as waste. My heart rejoices yet also remembers the fleeting nature of this union.

‘Sukheo Kende Othey Mon’
My heart weeps even when happy’

Hundreds of tiny strips and boxes align themselves to be called out. An animation begins in the recesses of my head. I see each of these pieces meticulously fit themselves into each other. In a stop motion, they move in perfect unison segregating themselves. No calculation, no real maths, no perfect alignments, shapes and sizes. Before they begin to be stitched together, they have already joined themselves in my mind. I see the patchwork clear in my head so many times before it appears in tactile form.

I tell myself, “I must add some windows to this patchwork. Through them I will let the Baul linger.” I ask Gurmel, our tailor to cut out holes and fit some windows. He does that with keen precision. He becomes Murshid with that focussed gaze.

In two such windows, I offer a peep into Dimasa indigenous weaves. Their intricate motifs tell stories of their surroundings. Slowly the weaves and the strips of fabric begin to merge. The organic geometry that appears encourages me to look closer.

What guides this visual manifestation?

This question is my Murshid.

Buyer Empowerments

Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry for desired placements. Indigenous weaving techniques of Dimasa tribe of Assam.
Intricate patchwork set in contrast with the solids. The choice of colours is as deliberate as intuitional. To bring in various weaves, textures, stitching style together into a one side-endless mechanism was a challenging feat yet extremely rewarding when we put the final stroke and said its done now!
Moderate. Double sided. One-side endless.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
Ready to wear
Patchwork includes many handloom woven cotton- not natural dyed. Dimasa weaves woven with ago-free dyed yarn.
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills. Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans. Fabric scrap re-purposing. Slow production of indigenous weaves that are made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
Statement piece, celebratory, vibrant, traditional translated to modern
Dimasa weaves woven with supervision from Aityree using cotton from Salem.
Fabric scrap management by Madhu Mittal.
Solid colour base woven in Arunachal under Amlavati’s supervision using cotton from Salem.
Patchwork and Stitching by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Tassels 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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