Rongali

MR21166
Diverse cotton patched together with Mising weaves
Spoken for

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”

Jack Kerouac, On the road

Colours are the journal keepers of the moments as they pass by, just like the sense of smell.

Colours add fragrance to the visual world.

When I offered different colours of yarn to this Mising weaver, she picked so many for the weave in the pallu. I asked her if she really wanted to use so many all together. She said “yes, it’s spring time!”

She is right! Nature doesn’t choose and pick colours in the spring, it just splashes colour in all shapes and sizes!



Mising weaves woven at Majuli, believed to be one of the largest river island on earth. Mising weavers draw complex graphs to weave poetry on textile. Their meticulous count in weaving motifs is a respected art form.

Plain and check fabrics are woven by weavers of Tai Khampti tribe. Nang Amlavati 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

Intrinsic
Value
Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry for desired placements. Indigenous weaving techniques of Mising tribe of Assam.
Creative
Aspect
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.
Heft-Feel
Moderate
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
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
Includes handloom woven cotton. Mising weaves woven with azo-free dyed yarn
Drape
Fresh, modern, geometrical essence, vibrant
Concerns
Addressed
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills.
Slow production of 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.
Mising weaves woven with Doley family at Kamlabari, Majuli, Assam.
All plain and check fabrics woven with Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Cotton yarn used for weaves from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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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