Make sufficient Feel enough.
Reverence to life Gentleness in approach.
Clarity of intention Universality in purpose.
Engage with more hands Support skills and solutions.
Practice fearlessness in sharing I am because we are.
Be earnest in empathy Innovate mindfully and in collaboration.
Make slow Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
With this intention in our heart, we engineered four different textiles that have come together to make this heirloom:
1) Ahimsa Eri Silk is woven together with the finest count of Thebvo handcrafted yarn. The resulting weave is a timeless self textured pattern.
2) Fine foraged, handspun Thebvo of Nagaland woven on throw shuttle loom of Assam.
3) Indigenous coarse Thebvo woven on back strap loom of Kuzhami people, Nagaland
4) Ahimsa Eri silk is hand spun using no Charkha. Then woven on traditional throw shuttle loom.
Ahimsa Eri silk is made with intentional non-injury and gentleness. Ahimsa Eri silk is ethically produced with reverence to life and fair benefit to rearers, spinners, weavers, dyers and facilitators.
Ahimsa Eri silk Project is thriving in a region about 60-70 kms away from Guwahati city, strategically placed between the borders of Assam and Meghalaya leading to a diverse population of ethnic communities.
Panning over 14 villages in four zones, the project directly benefits 266 households with sustained livelihood. The region is not only suitable for a healthy growth cycle of Eri Silkworms but is also home to a skilled artisan community that still follow the traditional methods of textile-making, especially that of hand-spinning Eri Silk yarn and weaving this hand-spun yarn on traditional loom.
Ahimsa Eri silk is made with the intention that with every metre of fabric, about 1250 silkworms complete their natural life cycle. The cocoons left empty after the silkworms complete their metamorphosis from pupae to moth, are called Ahimsa Eri silk cocoons from which this textile is crafted.
Read more on our project ahimsaerisilk.com
Thebvo Project supports the indigenous craft of making textiles out of stinging nettle plant called Thebvo (in Kuzhale dialect) by Kuzhami people. Thebvo Project extends to Zuketsa region of Phek district, Nagaland.
Working with Thebvo is not merely an exploration of an Indigenous handcrafted plant-based textile, but a deep dive into the ancient wisdom of this community. The project intends to interpret discussions and action that can uphold the Thebvo tradition in the changing times and create opportunities for a viable growth of this Craft into ethical Art.
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