Tesoro

MR23121
Natural dyed | Hand spun | Hand woven | Eri Silk | Muga Ghicha | Pashmina | Shawl
Spoken for
This treasured heirloom is a double sided shawl.

The vibrancy radiated through a clever use of asymmetrical patchwork is to communicate that nothing shines better than nature! Stripes, boxes, rectangles of Eri Silk dyed with tea leaves, cow dung, turmeric & walnut with pashmina fit into each other like each other’s missing pieces! Many textures reveal through each different interaction with natural dye source. How soft or how coarse the texture appears is directly proportional to its hand spinning skill as well as relationship with nature’s alchemy!

Hundreds of tiny strips and boxes align themselves to be called out. An animation begins in the recesses of my head. I see each of these pieces meticulously fit themselves into each other. In a stop motion, they move in perfect unison segregating themselves. No calculation, no real maths, no perfect alignments, shapes and sizes. Before they begin to be stitched together, they have already joined themselves in my mind. I see the patchwork clear in my head so many times before it appears in tactile form.

Gurmel, our tailor stitches each patch with keen precision.

The other side is hand spun, beautifully textured Muga ghicha woven on throw shuttle loom. Muga ghicha is the name of a precious yarn made from the hand-reeling residues of a rare wild silk of Assam called Muga. The slubby nature of this yarn gives an opportunity to create diversity of textures highlighting the imperfections of a hand spun ghicha yarn. When woven on throw shuttle loom, the texture achieved is regal, timeless and earthy.



Tesoro 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.

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Wearable textile made with traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques, that bring together the legacy of Eri silk of Assam.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable heirloom where Eri Silk and Muga Ghicha woven on throw shuttle loom come together. Eri Silk and patches of pashmina are bound in an asymmetrical geometry. Modern blend of solid colours devoid of any flower or motifs. Pure geometry of asymmetry and abstract that has method to the madness.
Heft-Feel
Moderate to Substantial
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold. Okay for summers!
Longevity
Long-lasting making it a generational heirloom. Texture will grow with time. The shades of natural dye will go through natural alterations as anything made with nature should.
Care
Dry clean recommended. “Made to not be fragile”. Seasonal “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
State
Ready to wear
Soul
100% natural, organic, hand-made, from nature-back to nature. Something to grow old with and then pass it on to loved ones. The shades will originally change with passage of time adding years to its organic life.
Drape
Elegant, grand, festive, statement textile.
Concerns
Addressed
Made in rural household. Solidarity with Eri Silk that is made in Assam. Standing up for the artisans of Assam who are losing opportunities to the commercial-privileged Eri silk producers of mainland India.
Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle. Direct connect with artisan.
Reverse pyramid model- Fair benefit to all makers and facilitators. No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment made with need-greed, human-nature balance.Made with intentional non-injury. Slow production- slow movement product. Made less, made ethically.
Has gone through no chemical processing. Has gone through no machinery or mechanised processing units
Well-being Properties
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable, Climate conscious
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Eri silk made with Narmohan Das, Assam.

Patchwork management by Madhu Mittal, Bathinda.

Stitching 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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