Kanchipuram silk with Silver Tissue
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The Kanchipuram weaving skill amaze me when the weaver and his partner co-create this meticulous piece of craft in a unison. The way to tell apart a genuine Kanchipuram to a fake one is to look at the border and pallu.

In Kanchipuram saris, the main body, pallu and border are woven separately if they are required to be of different colours. These separate elements are delicately interlocked through a criss-cross stitch called Korvai at the joints. The mark of authenticity of Kanchipuram is these very joins. They are believed to be very sturdy joins that are hard to rip even when the sari has lived many years and is beginning to give away.

The wonders of mastery of craft.

I have combined various weaves of this silk with silver and antique silver tissue to bring out an interesting contrast of silver with red, raising her up to the much loved white-red combination in saris.

Chaandi 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. Chaandi 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 me is not included.

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Silk with tissue stitched together as a patch. Involves traditional silk mark approved handloom weaving of Kanchipuram
Emergence of colours, textures and form in this sari where commercial silk industry’s fabric remains have been creatively up-cycled.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant for cooler weather, just like any other mulberry silk
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. One may want to be more gentle with the woven zari threads. It is also good to keep changing the folds every few months.
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.
Silk fabrics are all sourced from Khadi silk manufacturers whose business model wouldn’t allow use of small cut pieces and hence would discard huge quantities. The fabrics are all pure silk, however nature of dye source is unknown. These remains are called “waste, reject or injured saris”
Formal, Elegant, intentional statement, traditional, Dressy without being loud.
Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste.
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Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.

Beadwork: Param, Bathinda, Punjab.

Jewellery by Karmasuthra (Divya Thomas).
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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