Onda

MR23110
Natural dyed, handspun, handwoven Eri silk with handspun Hemp
Onda celebrates indigo. The pallu is conceived as an asymmetrical patchwork of Eri Silk dyed with indigo and myrobalan. The heft of pallu is balanced with a panel of textured Himalayan Hemp from Nepal.

Onda 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. Onda 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 Tara is not included.

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

—Saint Augustine




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.

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Intrinsic
Value
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques, that are slowly being abandoned in modern context. Hope of rejuvenation that a textile that has lasted the test of thousand of years, can still enthral the makers and wearer’s senses.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable heirloom that collages indigenous techniques of various natural textiles of the Himalayas and the foothills, including North East India. Patching together different density, textures, weight of these different textiles has been a challenging feat that brought me in closer collaboration with my mother, Madhu, our stitching technical head and Gurmel Singh, our only tailor.
Heft-Feel
Substantial
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold. More fit for cool to cold days.
Longevity
Sturdy, long-lasting-“lifelong” in their words, making it a generational heirloom. Texture will grow with time.
Care
Dry clean recommended. “Made to not be fragile”. Seasonal “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun.
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 ruggedness will grow gentle with time.
Drape
Elegant, Subtle, Natural-appearance, Grounding
Concerns
Addressed
Made in rural household. 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 protection, completely bio-degradable, Climate conscious
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Eri silk is made under the supervision of Narmohan Das, with creative guidelines from Mora.

Himalayan hemp made with Sapkota family in Nepal.

Patchwork management with Madhu Mittal.

Stitching by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.

Beadwork by Param, Bathinda.
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 2023
designed by: MIDTOAN
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