Ichi-go ichi-e  一期一会

Matchbox patchwork of cotton
Spoken for
I call this dupatta ichi-go ichi-e because it reflects the philosophy of one of a kind, treasuring each as it only is.

Each meeting with the strips of fabrics is like a treasured meeting that is whole and complete, knowing I would never experience that piece of fabric the same way ever again.

Waste is not waste when I visualise a form in it. It is only waste till it is departed from its context. When i see the fabric emerging from the waste shreds, i am face to face with its inherent alchemy. This is an opportunity that gives me purpose to resolve a problem that nags me. My way of reducing textile waste is by re-purposing it to longevity. When longevity is given a spark of creativity that a buyer values, then the textile doesn't make it to the waste hills so callously. That delay, when a buyer brings care to the process and thinks many times before discarding any textile, is the inspiration for all the patchworks that i work on.

ichi-go ichi-e is one-of-a-kind textile designed to highlight a unique coming together of various techniques and creativity of handcraft. This design will not be recreated.

Buyer Empowerments

Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry for desired placements.
Intricate patchwork created to create monotones. The choice of colours is as deliberate as intuitional.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
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
Striking, fun, statement
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
Fabric scrap re-purposing.
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Some plain and stripe textiles woven with Nang Amlavati in Arunachal Pradesh.

Cotton yarn from Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Patchwork management by Madhu Mittal.

Patchwork and Stitching 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.
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