Nonnie Paat silk of Assam with Mising tribe weaves
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”
Weavers of Mising tribe centre themselves in the heart of Brahmaputra river on this beautiful river island called Majuli. There, they make intricate graphs of the weaving motifs and weave wonders of textiles like this beautiful delicate Nonnie Paat silk Riha. This dupatta is my offering to the time I spent with Mising tribe weavers and working on the cotton sensitisation. During that time, we walked village to village to bring awareness about the health issues caused by wearing synthetic clothing in humid environment. We thought we created some impact through our dedicated effort, but in later days I got to know that weavers have continued to wear and weave synthetic yarns. The easy availability of yarn is a bigger necessity than better health environment. This news saddened me but I also realised how naive and idealistic we are in our youth.
I wish I can go back there someday with a more firm solution that can outdo the synthetic yarn market in Majuli. Perhaps the time is coming soon. The purpose!