Jatinga

MR21081
Indigenous Dimasa Weaves hand-woven on traditional loom in rural regions of Haflong, Assam
Spoken for

This kalidaar is to give a celebratory homage to the textile prowess of an indigenous community called Dimasa. Dimasas, an extension of Cachari tribes, inhabit North Cachar Hills, the only hill region of Assam.

Dimasa weavers are respected all over Assam for the intricacy of weaving motifs and the beauty of their colour harmony.

The popular motifs are flowers, hills, huts, fields, fence, rooster, pig, hut, bird, turtle, tong and other ethnographic symbols that are visual documentary of the life around them.

Most motifs have remained unchanged and are carried forward through continuing generation of weavers.

Life around Haflong is slowly taking a more modern turn. Soon, the traditional motifs may lose their meaning. Mora has spent many years working with Dimasa artisans and got the opportunity to document many of their traditional motifs.

These weaves have time-trapped in them their traditional surroundings, sights and lifestyle. To me, they are more real than books. Their rich ancestry is a keen topic of infinite exploration.



Words

Jinrang Phinrang | Helter Skelter/ Messy/ Here and There
A favourite phrase from Dimasas to me.

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Indigenous textile product, Involves traditional handloom weaving
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile, collages techniques of different looms and yarn counts.
Heft-Feel
Moderate
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold
Longevity
Not fragile
Care
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
State
With Reverse-side finishing- no fall/beading required- ready to wear
Soul
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
Drape
Celebratory, Statement, bohemian, gypsy, flow-y, celebrating Indian classic form. Evokes swirling.
Concerns
Addressed
Grassroots production. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
Dimasa Weaves under supervision of Aitryee

Cotton from Salem, Tamil Nadu

Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab

Beadwork: Param, Bhatinda, Punjab
Disclaimer:
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 2023
designed by: MIDTOAN
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