Diverse cotton patched together with Dimasa weaves
Spoken for

The lustrous brown mountains of Lamayuru stand in stark contrast against the deep blue clear moisture-less skies. They call this land the moonscape. The sheer vastness of this landscape with appearance of the chodens and Lamayuru gompa is a sight one beholds and never forgets. I hold this sight in my heart as blue and brown. When I see blue and brown, I see Lamayuru. That is how much these mountains captivate me. They have in one stroke taken possession of all memories, all judgement, all recognition that may arise from this colourscape of blue and brown.

At Lamayuru, I wished a sunset sky. A deep intimate orange sky. Merging blues. Merging orange. Strokes and lines. Stripes and checks. Narrow streaks and broad panels.

This is where the flowers blossomed. The weaves of Dimasa weavers are the divine flowers. They appear to make lifeless come alive.

To Lamayuru, allow me to offer Dimasa flowers.

Abila didi, Molina and Doley didi and many others weave these flowers. As many flowers in nature, those many flowers in their heart to weave into their motifs. Their creative burst and technical fingers are an offering to the realm of craft.
I thank Aitryee who grounded me in their company, for not one but many years. With them, I experienced the richness that Dimasa community carries in their ancestry.

Gishim bodo, Rhijamphai, Dilam ball, Rihmsao, Rikhaosa, Horaimin, names of motifs and weaves penetrate through my fleeting memory. How not to remember the words heard ever so often. How to not pay homage to these weavers who were my first teachers of warp and weft.

Blouse fabric

Buyer Empowerments

Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry for desired placements. Indigenous weaving techniques of Dimasa tribe of Assam.
Geometry is created using contrast with the solid bold colours. The choice of colours is as deliberate as intuitional. To bring in various weaves, textures, stitching style together into a one sari was a challenging feat yet extremely rewarding.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant. Okay for summers to nippy evenings
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.
Includes handloom woven cotton. Dimasa weaves woven with ago-free dyed yarn.
Fresh, modern, geometrical essence
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills.
Slow production of indigenous weaves that are made by artisan at home in available time-supporting farming lifestyle.
Faith in up-skilling untrained weavers.
Training of Livelihood opportunity for amateur weavers, single mothers, older women who cannot farm.
Design handling leadership training, inventory keeping, costing and parcel handling training with facilitators.
Collaborative design and decision making.
Awareness drive to choose natural yarns over easily available synthetic yarns.
Dimasa weaves woven with supervision from Aitryee, Assam.
All plain and check fabrics woven with Amlavati’s supervision, Arunachal Pradesh.
Cotton yarn used for weaves from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Stitching 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
designed by: MIDTOAN