Natural dyed Handspun
Handwoven Eri silk
Probebühne is German word for a rehearsal stage. I got this word as a note from a 77 year old German pantomime artist Gisella. She had been living a nomadic life since she was about 17, doing shows across the world expressing alphabets, astronomy, science and elements through miming. I was her 33 year old neighbour when I received this note slipped through my door, introducing me to this concept that is now my life aspiration.
She told me to look at life like I am on a rehearsal stage, preparing for the final show but never in the state of the final performance. Rehearsal stage is my chance to keep improvising, polishing, practising my act. She told me study, repeat, study, repeat, then came a little closer and bang in my ear said loud and clear, STUDY!
This shawl made with Eri Silk that is hand spun using no Charkha, and natural dyed using Indigo, Walnut skin and Lac, is made in remembrance of Probebühne. It is my preparation of constantly improvising my aesthetics, a stream of study I am dedicated to learning.
I have loved making this shawl, as I have loved studying, as I have loved being on this constant rehearsal stage of life!
Now learning is becoming a compilation. Yet not a final show!
About Eri Silk and Natural dyeing
Eri Silk is a wild silk with a wooly fibrous filament hand spun into yarn, handwoven on traditional throw shuttle looms of Assam. It is elegant in drape, subtle in appearance and the texture of fabric does not carry obvious lustre that we typically associate with silk. Eri Silk being a protein fibre absorbs most natural dyes.
Natural Dyeing involves a series of high precision and complex steps to bring out the adequate conditions for textiles to absorb and retain dye. With non-injury as our core totem, we have given colour to this fabric using those natural sources that are procured locally, leaving least violent footprints on life and nature. The dye raw material is natural i.e. plant and resin based, instantly compostable, non-industrial and non- toxic.