Atrangi-Antrangi

MR21140
Kaleidoscope patchwork with back strap loom weaves and Eri Silk
Spoken for

“Style is as unique and nontransferable and perfectly personal as a fingerprint. It is wise to take the time to develop one's own way of being, increasing those things one does well and eliminating the elements in one's character which can hinder and diminish the good personality. Seek the fashion which truly fits and befits you. You will always be in fashion if you are true to yourself, and only if you are true to yourself.”

― Maya Angelou

If you don't like my ocean don't fish in my sea
Stay out of my valley and let my mountain be.

- Ma Rainey

“If I can create a minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.”

– Bessie Coleman

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”- - Angela Davis

 


 

This is a double sided shawl. Can also double up as dupatta.

One side reflects the diversity through a mix of Kaleidoscope patchwork and bold box quilt patchwork. Embedded in these patchworks are stripes of back strap loom woven weaves peeping through the windows of Eri silk.

The other side reflects the familiarity through the sameness of the gentle handspun, hand woven, natural dyed eri silk.

Together they speak of the harmony of diversity within familiarity and familiarity within diversity!

Some women of colour add good air to my lungs when they assume their voice as their own. That moment when she reclaims herself in the milieu of authority, she sets a chain reaction towards the ability of make choices. In those choices, a new course of life is revealed. That new life is not commonplace. It is atrangi, made of strange colours. And because it is deeply felt, it is antrangi, like a trusted companion who you can share your deepest with.

Buyer Empowerments

Eri silk aspect of shawl
Intrinsic
Value
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology.
Soul
100 % natural, Protein- based, organic, hand-made, from nature-back to nature. Something to grow old with and then pass it on to loved ones.
Well-being
properties
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable.
Cotton aspect of shawl
Intrinsic
Value
Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry and textures to create desired placements. Up-cycling of textile remains of injured, reject textiles to reduce textile/ fabric scrap waste. Also involves hand loom weaving of Arunachal Pradesh
Soul
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing for checks and plain solid cotton. Patchwork includes many handlooms cotton- not natural dyed.
Combined aspects of the shawl
Creative
Aspect
Intricate patchwork set in contrast with the solids on the reverse side. Creative use of up cycled back strap loom weaves to find home amongst the patchwork and eri silk.
Helf-Feel
Moderate. Double sided.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold. Should give warmth on a slightly nippy evening. Should also protect from blazing Sun.
Longevity
Not fragile. Eri Silk can last a lifetime if well looked after. You may connect with me if over years of use, patchwork begins to wear off- Empowerment of Lifetime Loyalty.
Care
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
State
Ready to wear
Drape
Statement piece, celebratory, vibrant, traditional translated to modern
Concerns
Addressed
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills. 
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans. 
Made in rural household. No deadline/ pressure based work environment. 
Slow production. Slow movement. “At your own pace” In support of back strap loom weaving and indigenous cultures
Eri silk handspun, hand-woven and natural dyed with supervision from Narmohan Das under creative guidelines from Mora.
Fabric shreds management by Madhu Mittal, Punjab.
Kaleidoscope & box-quilt patchwork made by Gurmel Singh, Punjab.
Back strap loom weaves made with North East Network, Nagaland.
Cotton yarn from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Cotton weaving done with supervision from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Tassels by Param, Bathinda, Punjab.
Disclaimer:
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 2023
designed by: MIDTOAN
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