Noa Dihing

Riha made by Tai Khampti weavers | Kalamkari made in Sri Kalahasti
Spoken for

Noa Dihing is a beautiful river of the eastern belt of North East India. I have crossed this river when I walked to the land of Lisus. It was not easy though very adventurous and showed me many survival skills that I never learnt. The locals were amused by my lack of skills and inability to pick them as naturally as them. In absence of roads, Lisus have used this river to send the logs down the upper banks to lower banks. They make rafts and steer their wood through this river down to the bank where these heavy wet logs are collected and put to sun for few weeks. Once seasoned, this wood is ready for use.

Noa Dihing has also helped bring prosperity to Tai Khampti tribe. Long winding tales of history sit next to the banks of this river. Next to Noa Dihing, in their homes and courtyards, Tai Khampti weavers wove this gentle Riha- check pattern using cotton brought from Salem, Tamil Nadu. Making checks and stripes in weaves is a matter of good warping skills. Warping is a matter of good concentration and keeping the flow of counting steady. New weavers can also makes checks if they can concentrate well.

These Riha weaves are made by untrained weavers, single mothers, and older women. They were brought livelihood through an initiative we carried out in Arunachal Pradesh, where about 500 kgs of cotton yarn was taken as an awareness drive to remote regions, in order to sensitise weavers towards using cotton over easily available synthetic yarns.

I felt the gentleness of this Riha’s drape would compliment the broad borders created with Kalamkari. I feel content with the results.

I call this Sari Noa Dihing, because I see this as a great opportunity to bring to attention the beautiful rivers of Arunachal Pradesh and the ecosystem they benefit. Any harm to the rivers is harm to the people near the rivers. Rivers across the world are like veins carrying elixir of life. Many beautiful people have committed themselves for the cause of rivers.

“Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.”

Wangari Maathai


Blouse fabric

Buyer Empowerments

Involves traditional handloom weaving of Tai Khampti weavers and Kalamkari skills of Andhra Pradesh
One of a kind wearable textile that highlights the craftsmanship of Kalamkari, set in highlight with bold colours that form the essence of Kalamkari craft. This is put in harmony with the subtle fluidity of ivory white Riha weaves.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant for summers!
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. DO not wring.
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.
Kalamkari crafted on mulmul. Mangalgiri cotton for borders. Source of dye unknown. Riha weaves are made with mercerised cotton- non dyed.
Celebratory, Elegant, festive, flow-y, celebrating Indian classic form. Evokes swirling.
Grassroots production- . 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.
Awareness drive to choose natural yarns over easily available synthetic yarns.
Kalamkari by Subbarao, Sri Kalahasti.
Riha weaves made with supervision from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Cotton yarn from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by Param, Bhatinda, Punjab.
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.
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