Laal লাল

Handspun, handwoven, natural dyed Eri Silk in an asymmetrical patchwork.
Spoken for

Red! Laal!

An ode to Red through resin lac, sappanwood and manjistha-madder creeper!

Red is the colour at the long wavelength end of the visible spectrum of light, next to orange and opposite violet.

Reds range from the brilliant yellow-tinged scarlet and vermillion to bluish-red crimson, and vary in shade from the pale red pink to the dark red burgundy.

“If you want to make a lovely violet colour, take fine lac [red lake], ultramarine blue (the same amount of the one as of the other) with a binder”.

Red lac, also called red lake, crimson lake or carmine lake, was an important red pigment in Renaissance and Baroque art.
Unlike vermilion or red ochre, made from minerals, red lake pigments are made by mixing organic dyes, made from insects or plants, with white chalk or alum. Red lac was made from the gum lac, the dark red resinous substance secreted by various scale insects, particularly the Laccifer lacca from India. Other red lakes were made from the rose madder plant and from the brazilwood tree.
The human eye sees red when it looks at light with a wavelength between approximately 625 and 740 nanometers. The light just past this range is called infrared, or below red, and cannot be seen by human eyes, although it can be sensed as heat.

At sunrise and sunset, when the path of the sunlight through the atmosphere to the eye is longest, the blue and green components are removed almost completely, leaving the longer wavelength orange and red light. The remaining reddened sunlight can also be scattered by cloud droplets and other relatively large particles, which give the sky above the horizon its red glow.

The red!! The Red!

Own your red! Be your red! Show your red! Tame your red! You red is your own!


Buyer Empowerments

Wearable textile made with traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques, that bring together the legacy of Eri silk of Assam.
One of a kind wearable heirloom that brings together many achievable colours of ochre and crimson tones from all natural sources. No alizarin. The vibrancy radiated through a clever use of asymmetrical patchwork is to communicate that nothing shines better than nature! Stripes, boxes, rectangles of all colours of red fit into each other like each other’s missing pieces! Many textures reveal through each different interaction with natural dye source. How soft or how coarse the texture appears is directly proportional to its hand spinning skill as well as relationship with nature’s alchemy!
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold. Okay for summers!
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. Do not wring.
Sari is ready to wear. Reverse-side finished- no fall/beading required. Blouse fabric is included. The blouse seen in the photoshoot in not for sale. The blouse fabric of the Sari is Ikat.
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.
Elegant, up-lifting, hugging-body texture.
Made in rural household. Solidarity with Eri Silk that is made in Assam.
Standing up for the artisans of Assam who are losing opportunities to the commercial-privileged Eri silk producers of mainland India.
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
Well-being Properties
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable, Climate conscious.
Patchwork management by Madhu Mittal, Bathinda, Punjab.
Eri silk made with Narmohan Das, with creative guidelines from Mora, Assam.
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