Eri Baulhaus

MR21143
Patchwork with natural dyed handspun handwoven Eri silk
Spoken for

My inspiration for this sari is how Bauhaus uses the limitation of a defined set of colours as their motivation and create a whole line of design around it. What intrigues me about design is when someone breaks through the mould of “what more do I need” and channel it to “what could I do with what limitation I have (chosen)”. Something of creativity hits home of my heart when I see abundance out of that little glitch in the obvious flow.

The same philosophy of “abundance through little” has inspired me to look up to the life Baul live. Their bodies becomes the abundance when they extend themselves to their connect with divinity through the music. Their feet, hands, eyes, shoulders, mouths and soul dances with them. And that becomes the music.

When Eri silk fibre comes into the expert hands of artisans of Assam, they turn fibre into yarn spun gently through their seasoned fingers. No charkha can absorb the gentleness required to spin the delicate fibres of Eri silk. No other tools needed to spin these yarns except a simple stone weight drop spindle. When this yarn needs to be woven, a frame amidst the four pillars is dug into earth.

With minimum basics, a loom is created. That loom turns yarn into weaves. These yarns get dyed with no chemicals, no machinery, no large drums, no heavy duty set up. Just sustained fire in the courtyard, experience in the hands and minds, raw materials from nature and the deftness to use with grace what nature offers with grace. Minimal. Just enough.

A courtyard can give colours that no industrial workshop can give.

A heart can make music that no orchestra can make.

A design can reveal harmony that no distortion can take away.

A house can be made without iron and nails.

Baul-Haus with Eri.

 


 

The blouse with this Sari is Paat Silk of Muga with traditional Xingkhap motif made with Zari.


About Eri Silk and Natural dyeing

Eri Silk is a wild silk with a wooly fibrous filament hand spun into yarn, handwoven on traditional throw shuttle looms of Assam. It is elegant in drape, subtle in appearance and the texture of fabric does not carry obvious lustre that we typically associate with silk. Eri Silk being a protein fibre absorbs most natural dyes.
Natural Dyeing involves a series of high precision steps to bring out the adequate conditions for textiles to absorb and retain dye. With non-injury as our core totem, we have given colour to this fabric using those natural sources that are procured locally, leaving least violent footprints on life and nature. The dye raw material is natural i.e. plant and resin based, instantly compostable, non-industrial and non- toxic.

Blouse fabric

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Wearable textile made with traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques of Assam, that are slowly being abandoned in modern context.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable heirloom with bold spectrum of patchwork expressed through stripes and squares. What size the box should be? How wide the stripe should be? What width? What length? These are a matter of personal sense of aesthetics. I am tilting more and more towards the creative expression that I have expressed through this sari. What geometry reveals to me when I open myself out to geometry?
Heft-Feel
Light
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- Thermal insulation so good for both summers and early winters.
Longevity
Texture will grow with time. Eri Silk needs a little care as it tends to leave room in the warp and weft overtime. The shades of natural dye will go through natural alterations as anything made with nature should.
Care
Dry clean recommended. Seasonal “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring. Recommended to not hang for storage.
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
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.
Drape
Elegant, up-lifting, hugging-body texture, modern.
Concerns
Addressed
Made in rural household.
Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
Direct connect with artisan through the facilitator.
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.
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.
Eri silk is made under supervision of Narmohan Das, with creative guidelines from Mora, Assam.
Stitching 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 2024
designed by: MIDTOAN
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