Natural dyed handgun handwoven Eri Silk with Dimasa weaves
Often in the company of the weavers, we have repeated the importance of synchronising of five kala (art, craft or skill) to make a weave appear.
Kala of hands
Kala of feet
Kala of eyes
Kala of Manas (heart)
Kala of mind
When, in a human, these five find that complete focused zone of synching mind to heart to hand to feet to eyes, then comes forward the wonder of human evolution- Weaving. Though unchanged in its basic fundamentals since thousands of years, it is in this meticulous synchronising that a weaver is set apart from the masters of weaving.
I have seen with my eyes, what their face look like when all their senses meet in perfect harmony. In that zone they are able to weave, hum, calculate complex mathematics of motifs, and keep their ears open to household needs. That zone is unexplainable in words.
This sums up Dimasa weavers, who wove the drape and Pallu of this sari
To pay homage to the weaves of Dimasa origin, I have combined it with natural dyed hand spun handwoven Eri Silk.
Kala is one of a kind textile designed to highlight a unique coming together of various techniques and creativity of handcraft. This design will not be recreated. Kala comes with a blouse fabric designed to encourage mora fireflies to bring their own authentic spirit to the fabrication of blouse fit, usage of borders and edgings.
Blouse worn by Swati is not included.
Eri silk aspect of Sari
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology.
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.
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable.
Tai Khampti weaves aspect of Sari
One of a kind heirloom textile that brings together Tai Khampti tribe weaving motifs with Eri Silk. Selvage of the weave brings a delicate intimacy of the two ends of the Sari.
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
Combined aspects of the Sari
Pleasant-not warm not cold
Eri Silk can last a lifetime if well looked after. The lose threads of the weave are a witness to it being a handwoven textile. Looking after those loose threads will add to longevity.
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring. Occasional starch with uplift the drape. Be careful to not pull the yarn of weaves if ever they get entangled.
Statement textile, heirloom, traditional translated to modern
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Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time-supporting farming lifestyle.
In support of slow movement
In support of indigenous textile knowledge of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
In support of natural dyeing through locally available resources
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
Tai Khampti weaves made with support from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh
Eri silk handspun, hand woven, natural dyed with supervision from Narmohan Das
Cotton yarn for Tai Khampti weaves from Salem, Tamil Nadu
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab
Beadwork by Param, Bathinda, Punjab