Riha ৰিহা

Nonnie Paat silk of Assam with Mising tribe weaves
Spoken for
“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!

Buyer Empowerments

Indigenous textile product, Involves traditional handloom weaving
One of a kind wearable textile with indigenous silk of Assam called Nonnie Paat that does not carry the obvious lustre expected in silks. It is woven by weavers of Mising tribe, set against a contrast through colours of Ikat that bring out the essence of weaves.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- perfect for summers
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
Ready to wear
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing. Nonnie paat is protein based textile.
Celebratory, elegant, comfort, can be drape as a half sari.
Grassroots production at Majuli. 
Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
Nonnie Paat silk weaving with Mising weaves from Majuli.
Cotton yarn sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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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