Komorebi 木漏れ日

Kalamkari | Eri and Muga woven together | Muga & plain textiles by Tai Khampti
Spoken for

A ray of sunshine filtering through the branches of trees.

Green, gold, leaves and branches, the mulch and growing mushrooms.

The faller leaves, the sprouting weed, the curling branches.

Beetles, frogs, dragon flies and fireflies.

The sounds of crickets, bats and owls.

The web of spiders, the slithering earthworms, the climbing leech.

The creepers, climbers, parasitic and host plants,

The furrows, burrows, sparrows and sorrows!

The shadows, streaks, glares and god’s fingers through the trees.

All but alive through the komorebi!

The base and pleats included striped panels of Kalamkari with a bold border of hues of jungle green.

The drape extend as a booti weave of a blend fabric created with muga and eri yarn. The pallu is made using Muga yarn woven on traditional Tai khampti looms.

All plain cotton base fabrics in the sari are also woven by Tai Khampti artisans.


About Tai Khampti weaving:

My association with Tai Khampti tribe began in 2012 when I expressed my wish to work with weaves of their community. She said she would involve her family- her own mother, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law to experiment making some weaves together. She mentioned that since they had not woven saris before, this would involve some trial and errors. Her family started to weave the more intricate patterns after about two years of trials. What started out among the family members in the year 2012, soon extended itself to about 30 homes of Namsai district.

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 their indigenous weaves. Amla 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 engage in weaving plain, checks and striped fabrics. 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.

Buyer Empowerments

Eri & Muga silk aspect of sari
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology of Assam. Involves handspun Eri and Muga silk yarns woven together into a new weave texture with carefully crafted phuta- flower motifs.
Protein base. 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.
Kalamkari aspect of sari
Using traditional motif and skill used for making kalamkaris by artisans of Sri Kalahasti.
Cellulose base. Kora cotton
The combined aspects of the sari
One of a kind wearable textile that highlights the craftsmanship of Kalamkari set in harmony with indigenous skill of hand spinning, weaving and dyeing from Assam.
Weather/ Mood
Perfect for summers
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. No 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.
Elegant, festive, Statement wearable textile.
Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. Direct connect with artisan.
Fair benefit to all makers and facilitators. No bulk buying or bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
Has gone through no machinery or mechanised processing units
Supporting Kalamkari artisans of SriKalahasthi
Kalamkari by Subbarao, Sri Kalahasti
Muga weave is made under the supervision of Nang Dharmavati.
Muga yarn made at Gogamukh, Assam.
Muga and Eri Silk blend woven by Tai Khampti weavers of Arunachal Pradesh.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork by Param, Bhatinda, 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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