Aparajita

MR23134
Zari on Paat from Assam | Turmeric dyed Eri Silk | Shawl
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This is a shawl of two sides, each side representing three distinct silks of the textile heritage of Assam, Paat and Eri.

In the Paat aspect of the shawl, I have brought to highlight traditional motifs of Assam, that is a symbol associated with 600 year long autonomous royalty of Ahom kingdom in the North East Indian region. Paat silk is a mulberry-fed filament based silk that carries a distinct lustre. The traditional process of silk extraction aims towards retaining this lustre to its maximum. I too have retained the original liking and tradition of the makers in Paat side of the shawl.

To give an interesting balance to the lustre of Paat, I have added subtle wooly texture of un-dyed Eri Silk with an intertwined harmony of turmeric dyed yarn creating a shaded effect in the weave.

Eri Silk is one of the rare wild silks that has been blessed with the property of fibrous cocoon with a wooly texture. The hand- spinning process of this silk is also absolutely different from all filament-based silks. It is more akin to wool and cotton spinning. Hand-spun Eri silk is then woven on traditional throw shuttle loom, lending it a unique texture unlike any other silk.

This shawl is a versatile addition to the wardrobe. I wore it with Muga Ghicha Kalidaar and Kurti to make the blues contrast more. It would be equally beautiful to wear this as a side shawl with a plain/Zari sari or even with a monotone tusser or muga ensemble.

Aparajita is a 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.

Ensemble worn with the shawl is not included. It can be custom made on request.



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Eri aspect of shawl
Intrinsic
Value
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.
Paat Silk aspect of shawl
Intrinsic
Value
Involves traditional handloom weaving.
Soul
Yarn is produced from cocoons reared in Sericulture units. Zari is sourced from Zari thread makers.
The combined aspects of the Textile
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile that collages three prominent silks of Assam into one piece.
Heft-Feel
Moderate
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold.
Longevity
Not fragile. (Fabrics detachable without much effort if future demands choice of up-cycling or alteration).
Care
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. One may want to be more gentle with the woven zari threads on Paat aspect of the shawl.
State
Ready to wear
Drape
Formal, Festive, Elegant, intentional statement.
Concerns
Addressed
Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time-supporting farming lifestyle.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment
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Eri Silk made with supervision from Narmohan Das, Assam.

Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.

Beadwork: Mamta, Jalalabad, 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.
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