“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your senses for an act. You give up your ability to feel and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It got to happen inside first.“- Jim Morrison
Awaken in me the courage to express as authentic self, surpassing all stigmas and fears that come along the way of attempting something out of intuitive inspiration.
Awaken me to be full of positive assumption along the way of self- discovery and expression. And eliminate any doubt that may make me honor anyone or anything less in Faith.
Awaken in me patience and virtue to truly Listen the words, both within and without and evoke empathy and understanding.
Awaken in me a conscious will to evolve my parameters of judgement and rise above the limitations of misplaced conclusions.
Awaken in me a child-like pursuit of knowing what I don’t know and acknowledging with simplicity what I do know. And in both an acceptance of how much we don’t know.
Awaken in me the humility to accept my role as a conduit in the grand scheme of consciousness. And I am where I am because the dots of circumstances connected me to the moment in Time where I stand.
Awaken in me the eternal bliss to enjoy the journey no matter how the road is and how long it takes to get to the destination. And along the way have no desire to know what the destination is going to be, and a grounding of Faith that I will get somewhere.
This sari is joined as steadfast stitch of many panels. Each panel highlights the intricate stitching involved in binding textiles of various textures and density together. While retaining the light hearted appeal of the sari, I played with tones of greens and blues, a combination of colours I love to play with.
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 has championed the work we carried out with Tai Khampti weavers for more years than I could ever imagine. She 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. This was the high point of this cotton drive with Tai Khampti tribe.