Ichi-go ichi-e 一期一会
Matchbox patchwork of cotton
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.