Arunachal’s Tai Khampti Phuta with Assam’s Eri silk
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”
― Rabindranath Tagore
The sari draws inspiration from the gentleness of the moment described by Tagore. It is hand spun by adept spinner of Assam without using Charkha. The journey from cocoons to hand- spun yarn involves a spinner performing series of steps for the appropriate treatment of cocoons that can enable hand spinning of yarn. These steps have remained unchanged through generations of hand-spinning culture of Assam. We have retained the indigenous steps without much alteration. Hand-spun yarn is then natural dyed using natural sources like Myrobalan or Hilika fruit, Indigo leaves and Turmeric from hills of Meghalaya. Hank- dyeing of yarn is a labour intensive job as compared to dyeing a fabric. This sari has been woven using hank dyed yarn, that was taken in my backpack from riverbed of Assam to eastern Himalayan foothills of Arunachal Pradesh. Tai Khampti tribe took up the challenge of weaving this delicate uneven yarn on their traditional loom. They wove their geometry into shawl as a tribute to two different cultures coming together in all their gentleness.
To me, this coming together is like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Wearable textile made with traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques, that are slowly being abandoned in modern context. Hope of rejuvenation that a textile that has lasted the test of thousand of years, can still enthral the makers and wearer’s senses.
One of a kind wearable heirloom that brings together the diverse legacy of textiles of North East India, bringing together in one sari, the hand spinning technique of Assam combined with the weaving technique of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pleasant-not warm not cold.
Long-lasting- “lifelong” in their words, making it a generational heirloom. Texture will grow with time. The shades of natural dye will go through natural alterations as anything made with nature should.
Dry clean recommended. “Made to not be fragile”. Seasonal “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun.
Sari is ready to wear. Reverse-side finished- no fall/beading required. Blouse fabrics are included. The blouse seen in the photoshoot in not for sale.
100% natural, organic, hand-made, from nature-back to nature. Something to grow old with and then pass it on to loved ones. The shades will originally change with passage of time adding years to its organic life.
Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. Direct connect with artisan. Reverse pyramid model- Fair benefit to all makers and facilitators. No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making. No deadline/ pressure based work environment made with need-greed, human-nature balance.Made with intentional non-injury. Slow production- slow movement product. Made less, made ethically. Has gone through no chemical processing. Has gone through no machinery or mechanised processing units
Eri silk weaving done under supervision of Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh with creative guidelines from mora. Eri silk yarn is dyed under supervision of Narmohan Das, with creative guidelines from Mora. Stitching by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, 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