Zarf  ظرف

Raw, Kanchipuram and Paat silk with Axomiya Zari weaves
Spoken for
It is a natural for a heart to feel nostalgia upon seeing rituals, festivities and celebrations. They bind us to the roots of our ancestry. Our childhood memories are intertwined with certain days when all we did was plan and execute the tasks around the festivity.
Elders commanded, we followed.
The smells of food, flowers and incense.
Whether we loved it or hated it at that time, we could hardly ever escape it.
Now, when I look back, these festivals are my totem to bring me face to face with how much we have changed, how much we don't do anymore like we used to do, and how our tradition too is slowly changing.

In remembrance of festivals and the legacy they have carried for hundreds of years.

Tradition and cultural revival begins at home?

Is our Zarf in the continuation of our culture?

Zarf 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. Zarf 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 Radha is not included.

Buyer Empowerments

Silk with zari stitched together as a patch. Involves traditional silk mark approved handloom weaving of Kanchipuram. Traditional handloom weaving of Assam.
Emergence of colours, textures and form in this dupatta where commercial silk industry’s fabric remains has been creatively up-cycled. Diverse varieties of silks paying homage to the handloom of Assam.
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.
Paat silk is woven by weavers of Assam. 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, festive, traditional, dressy without being loud.
Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste.
Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time-supporting farming lifestyle.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment
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Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab

Beadwork: Param, Bathinda, 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
designed by: MIDTOAN