Harita

MR21036
Ode to green| Weaves by Tai Khampti artisans | handloom textile upcycling | backstrap loom weaves in Pallu
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In Harita, the idea was to make the contrast of deepest green and the brightest green sit next to each other in harmony. When we take a walk in the jungle, we are reminded of how many rules that a design school teaches their students become obsolete when nature effortlessly keeps breaking those rules. In a single moment, a range of green are seen- complementary and the ones believed to “never complement”. Strange colours of birds, bees, beetles, caterpillars navigate through this charade of green. Creepers with absurd colours creep into the recesses of the leaves and bunch them together creating apparently “mismatch textures”. With sun, with dew, with rain and with age the green keep changing colours, in dynamic interaction with other greens.

Green interacts intimately with light! Green absorbs the light. Light becomes the green.

If we dont see green, how long can we remain happy?

Nature’s definition begins with green. In that green, all other colours reside.

As Harita, green is the mother colour. All else is secondary!

This is my feeling.

While being with Harita, even black seems the darkest green. That is how I see the realm of green.

virērē!

Verdant!

Harita!



In 2013, we brought about 500 kgs of cotton yarn to Arunachal Pradesh and took it as a drive to sensitise weavers towards using cotton over synthetic yarns for their indigenous weaves. Amlavati began engaging untrained weavers, single mothers, and older women to engage in weaving plain, checks and striped fabrics. Rather than buying plain handloom fabrics from mainland, we began creating livelihood opportunities by weaving less intricate weaves as a medium of training new weavers and convenient income for trained ones.

Most cottons used in this Sari was woven by these artisans.

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Diverse cotton fabrics bound together into this Sari. The checks, stripes and plain cotton cottons are woven at Arunachal Pradesh by Tai Khampti weavers.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile where Up-cycled textile remains of injured, reject textiles are contextualised with subtle use of back strap loom woven border narrow panel. I tried to bring together temple borders with checks and backstop loom weaves into this sari while retaining the song of green.
Heft-Feel
Light
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- perfect for summers
Longevity
Not fragile
Care
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
State
Sari is ready to wear. All saris come with blouse fabric(s). No fall/ beading required. The blouse used in photoshoot is for representation only and may not be the same blouse available with the sari. The blouse fabric given with the sari will be more in alignment with the aesthetics intended.
Soul
Few fabrics mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing. Other sourced fabrics, soul of yarn unknown.
Drape
Casual, fun, light-hearted, modern
Concerns
Addressed
Grassroots production Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. 
Training of untrained weavers Livelihood opportunity for amateur weavers, single mothers, older women who cannot farm. Design handling leadership training, inventory keeping, costing and parcel handling training with Amla Back strap loom weaves are made in support of the ancient loom and the weavers who have carried forward the lineage. 
Solidarity with weavers of Nagaland- grassroots rural home production. 
Collaborative design and decision making Awareness drive to choose natural yarns over easily available synthetic yarns.
Plain cottons woven with supervision from Nang Amlavati at Arunachal Pradesh.
Back strap weaves woven in Nagaland.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by Param, Bathinda, 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 2024
designed by: MIDTOAN
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