Weaves by Tai Khampti weavers | Handspun handwoven natural dyed Eri Silk | Malkha
Spoken for

Kiren Rijiju said on 17th August, 2021,

“These Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh were not recognised correctly by the Constitution of India. Finally, Gazette notification is published by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Monpa, Sajolang(Miji), Sartang, Memba, Nocte, Tangsa, Tutsa, Wancho, Tai-Khampti, Mishmi- Kaman (Miju), Idu(Mishmi), Taraon (Digaru Mishmi).”

Congratulations for Identity! Congratulations on correct Nomenclature! Congratulations for recognition!

In this vast world, there are still many far away from the urban context who still ask to be referred to by their right context. There are many identities that communities get attributed to over the passing time. Only those who live within the framework of their community know what they should be called. Kudos to those who bring forward the matching sentiment to the matching identity.

Here we stand in solidarity through this Sari made by Tai Khampti weavers of Arunachal Pradesh. The weaves were made by the women of the tribe out of their own will, on their land, with encouraging compensation, supervised by the local family, providing livelihood over more than five years to those women who were either in the elderly years, single mothers, unemployed or untrained in weaving. The weave is a full bodied drape to pallu intricate and dense weave of a motif locally called “kes”.

The weaves are crafted using cotton yarn brought over from Tamil Nadu into these plains regions of Arunachal Pradesh. Tai Khampti community hails from a resilient lineage. It is believed that they made their way into the present day inhabitation through Myanmar crossing Namdapha forest range over days of walking, crossing rivers and clearing thick jungles.

They came with their asset of elephants and the knowledge of how to train elephants. With these two bounties of their lineage, they stepped into this land and once upon the time were believed to be the most prosperous communit, owing to their skill with elephants and timber production. With the ban on timber trade, many families lost their standing wealth.

They had also carried with them their precious delicious Tai Khampti rice as well as two precious herbs. Along with all this, it is believed they carried their looms, oral stories as well as technique to weave.

These skills still remain and give pride and sustenance to many men and women.

Khampti means “place of Gold”. And indeed living with this community reflected that their lineage brings forward this space like a place of Gold.

The fragrance of Tai Khampti rice, a great fortune to experience.

To pay homage to the beautiful weaves of Tai Khampti tribe, I extended the canvas to Eri Silk. Both ivory white and warp-weft mix of turmeric and ivory white. Also added to the canvas are solid plains from Malkha.

Blouse fabric

Buyer Empowerments

Eri silk and Malkha aspect of Sari
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology.
100 % natural, Protein- based, organic, hand-made, from nature-back to nature. Something to grow old with and then pass it on to loved ones.
Well-being properties
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable.
Tai Khampti weaves aspect of Sari
Involves traditional Tai Khampti handloom weaving collaborated into a Sari.
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
Combined aspects of the Sari
One of a kind heirloom textile that brings together Tai Khampti tribe weaving motifs with Eri Silk. Selvage of the weave brings a delicate intimacy of the two ends of the Sari.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold
Eri Silk can last a lifetime if well looked after. The lose threads of the weave are a witness to it being a handwoven textile. Looking after those loose threads will add to longevity.
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring. Occasional starch with uplift the drape. Be careful to not pull the yarn of weaves if ever they get entangled.
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.
Statement textile, heirloom, traditional translated to modern
Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
In support of slow movement
In support of indigenous textile knowledge of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
In support of natural dyeing through locally available resources
Supports non- industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
In support of grassroots initiatives like Malkha India
Tai Khampti weaves made with support from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Eri silk handspun, hand woven, natural dyed with supervision from Narmohan Das.
Malkha cotton by Malkha India.
Cotton yarn for Tai Khampti weaves from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by Param, Bathinda, 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.
Mora Collective 2024
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