Shiawase 仕合わせ

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Weaves made by Tai Khampti artisans of Arunachal Pradesh
Spoken for

Shiawase is a Japanese word for happiness or good fortune. Japanese say this word with much enthusiasm when expressing it as a blessing! I hum few lines of a Japanese song, “nantonaku… nantonaku… Shiwase”. It a cheerful song that somehow expresses “happiness for no particular reason” kind of feeling. That unintended yet very alive feeling of happiness! “Just like that happiness”!

When Tai Khampti weavers agreed to weave with cotton yarn instead of easily available synthetic yarns, my heart felt Shiwase!

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 the 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 weave  plain, checks and striped fabrics. Such textiles are easily available at a very low cost in mainland India. Thereby, economically it was not a great decision. But at a deeper level, it brought wealth to a lot of homes in her neighbourhood. 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. Some weavers took their payments part in money and part in yarn. They expressed wish to wear cotton themselves. This was the high point of this cotton drive with Tai Khampti tribe.

“nantonaku nantonaku”

Shiawase!



The boota or flower motif, and all other textiles in this sari are woven by Tai Khampti community. The softness of the cotton weave gave me inspiration to retain the softness in the combination of colours as well.

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Involves traditional handloom weaving by Tai Khampti artisans
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile. I enjoyed giving form to the textures of Tai Khampti weaves weaves with gentle beadwork. The weave motifs are subtle. The play of colours is dramatic yet very gentle.
Heft-Feel
Light
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- great 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
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing.
Drape
Casual, elegant, comfort modern drape with traditional weaves.
Concerns
Addressed
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
Collaborative design and decision making
Awareness drive to choose natural yarns over easily available synthetic yarns.
Cotton yarn for Sari weaves from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Weaves made with support from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
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 2023
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