Genlak  རྒན་ལགས

Eri silk | Home reared | Handspun | woven on throw shuttle & back strap loom | Natural dyed | Patchwork | Narrow shawl
This narrow shawl is double sided. One side is the patchwork of various hues achievable by natural dyeing Eri Silk with indigo, myrobalan, onion peel and turmeric. The other side is hand spun Eri Silk woven on back-strap loom rendering a unique texture. This shawl brings out the contrast of textures that throw shuttle loom and back strap loom textures create when same yarn is woven on these different looms.

About the Patchwork

Gen Lak is a teacher, a guide, the one who can see and the one who can show. When I begin to see a teacher in every little strip of fabric, they teach me with their unevenness, how imperfection and the apparent “wastefulness” leads to the highest application of a phenomena called “creativity”.

When do I really become a creative human being? In those rare moments of blissful contact with my own innate usefulness when I am able to see nothing as waste. My heart rejoices yet also remembers the fleeting nature of this union.

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. He becomes Gen Lak with that focussed gaze.

What guides this visual manifestation?

This question is my Gen lak.

Gen Lak 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

Wearable textile made with traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques, that bring together the legacy of Eri silk of Assam and Nagaland.
One of a kind wearable heirloom where Eri Silk woven on throw shuttle and back strap loom come together. Eri Silk is 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.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold.
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.
Dry clean recommended. “Made to not be fragile”. Seasonal “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
Ready to wear
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.
Striking, up-lifting, hugging-body texture.
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 (throw shuttle loom) made with Narmohan Das, Assam.

Eri Silk (back strap loom) made with Pfolo Kreo, Nagaland.

Patchwork management by Madhu Mittal, Bathinda.

Stitching 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