Matchbox patchwork | Weaves from Tai Khampti looms
This Sari was conceived somehow, without much trying. Somehow just kept becoming.
Mind and seasoned hands: To make matchbox patchwork, the stitching craftsmen must assume single mind focus. Our tailor, Gurmel Singh blocks out all other distractions and carefully engages in picking each tiniest piece of fabric and aligning into the desired geometry. He then engages with it through cutting, ironing, aligning, joining, recutting, ironing, aligning, joining each box to construct new boxes. Over few days of meticulously joining each of these tiny scraps, a matchbox form of patches takes shape.
Heart and untrained hands: The base textile of the sari is composed of plain and check textiles woven by Tai Khampti weavers from Arunachal Pradesh. We had brought about 500 kgs of cotton yarn to Arunachal Pradesh and took it as a drive to sensitise weavers towards using cotton over easily available synthetic yarns. This initiative brought livelihood to untrained weavers, single mothers, and older women to engage in weaving plain, checks and striped fabrics.
Nantonaku 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. Nantonaku 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.