Prakritika

MR21138
Natural dyed Eri silk with Pashmina and plant based fibres in a quilt-patterned shawl
The shawl has two sides. One side is:

Turmeric, Myrobalan, tea, walnut and shades of natural dyed greens in handspun, handwoven Eri silk

Pashmina, reared in Ladakh, hand spun, hand woven in Kashmir.


The other side is warm, hand-spun, woven Pashmina of a non-dyed pure form to add warmth to the quilt pattern patchwork. I brought out its chemistry with panels of tea-dyed hand-spun hand-woven eri silk. The subtlety of Pashmina and tea-dyed Eri silk sing me a subtle, graceful song.


I cannot stress enough the perfect marriage of Intuition and Creative-decision-making while choosing each tiny patch with another. One is Prakriti’s, nature’s natural direction towards subconsciously picking the next. And one is Ritika’s, my deliberate decision of why one shape should go after another and why one block of this colour should go next to the other block. Hence the name, Prak-riti-ka!

Both sensibilities are integral to a patchwork, especially of a quilt form. At all points, the geometry should assimilate back to the rectangle of a shawl form. And many permutations and combinations are revealed before the chosen one is picked up.
When you look closer into each panel and box of this shawl, a new texture will be revealed to you every day. Those who have received the gift of bliss from nature will undoubtedly feel the energy this shawl carries!

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Intrinsic
Value
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques that are slowly being abandoned in a modern context. The hope of rejuvenation that a textile that has lasted the test of thousands of years can still enthral the makers and wearer’s senses.
Creative
Aspect
One-of-a-kind wearable heirloom collages indigenous techniques of various natural textiles of the Himalayas and the foothills, including North East India. Patching together different densities, textures, and weights of these different textiles have been a challenging feat that brought me into closer collaboration with my mother, Madhu, our technical stitching head and Gurmel Singh, our only tailor.
Helf-Feel
Substantial
Weather/ Mood
Suitable for cool to cold days. Winter shawl.
Longevity
Sturdy, long-lasting- “lifelong” in their words, making it a generational heirloom. The texture will grow with time. Natural dyes will go through their natural changes over use.
Care
Okay, to dip-wash with a mild detergent without wringing. Dry clean recommended. “Made not to be fragile”—seasonal “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun.
State
Shawl is ready to wear. Eri Silk dress and Crochet top is my mora uniform, not for sale.
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 ruggedness will grow gentle with time.
Drape
Elegant, Subtle, Natural-appearance, Grounding. Celebrate colour during winters.
Concerns
Addressed
Made in rural household. Weaves made by an 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
Eri silk is made under the supervision of Narmohan Das, with creative guidelines from Mora, Assam.

Pashmina made by Muneer Shaikh’s family in Srinagar.

Patchwork management with Madhu Mittal.

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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