Weaves of Nagaland
with Ikat and Malkha
Spoken for
Banjaran moves with a purpose.
Nomad shepherdess of Himalayas moves for necessity.
Mora travels also are motivated by “search for meaning”.

Everything about Mora’s creativity stems from the idea of continuity of movement.
I constantly travel from one indigenous community to another.
Patchwork contextualises a style diversity and creative re-purposing.
Merging into one textile, skills of diverse communities can only be made possible when the above two meet at the harmonious conjunction.

This is Mora’s style of craft. This keeps the heart glowing. This keeps the movement continuous and light, while being constantly meaningful. This keeps the immersion, while not making me attached. That is why no two Mora are alike.

This Banjaran shawl is my ode to this chosen craftstyle and thus lifestyle. I have combined weaves of Nagaland with Ikat and Malkha. The weaves of Nagaland are woven with colours beyond the indigenous colour palette. The high contrast colours of desert-living are embedded in these weaves diversifying how back strap loom weaves are used and visualised. Craft of different regions are re-contextualised into a single shawl.

It is fun, isn’t it?

When weaves of Nagaland touch the hidden chord of your banjaran heart, something unknown reveals. That brings movement. A necessary movement indeed.

Buyer Empowerments

Indigenous textile product that involves traditional handloom weaving of Nagaland is highlighted by Ikat and kora malkha.
One of a kind wearable textile. The weave motifs highlight the triangular geometry representing hills of Nagaland. The three colours intersect each other creating outlines of diverse shaped box geometry. Braid motifs at the weave end bring playfulness to the drape by breaking the solidity.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
Ready to wear
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing used for Naga weaves; Source of dye used for Ikat unknown.
Grassroots livelihood production. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. In support of indigenous knowledge of Nagaland. Supporting community initiative of Malkha India.
Modern, bohemian, “to stand out”, can double up as elegant formal or casual fun.
Cotton yarn sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Weaves made with North East Network, Nagaland.
Solid fabric by Malkha India.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Tassels by 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