This is an ensemble I designed for myself. Not for sale. Shared here as an inspiration.
I used my old Paat Sari to craft boyfriend pants with ankle slits and a button high 3-slit full sleeves collared shirt. The pallu of the sari was used to make a delicate dupatta with xin Khap motif of Assam. The ensemble turned out to be quite suitable for a mid day casual wedding event.
In the narrow dupatta, I have brought to highlight Xin or king Khap motif, that is a symbol associated with 600 year long autonomous royalty of Ahom kingdom in the North East Indian region. This motif is woven on 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 aspect of the sari.
The intention was to create a harmonious design language yet invite a robust contrast using gold.
Altai 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.
Involves traditional silk mark approved handloom weaving of Paat silk.
One of a kind wearable textile with emergence of colours, textures and form using silk industry’s fabric remains that have been creatively up-cycled. And brought together with the magnificence of Xin Khap.
Pleasant for cooler weather, just like any other mulberry silk
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. One may want to be more gentle with the woven zari threads. It is also good to keep changing the folds every few months.
Ready to wear
Striking, modern, festive
Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste. Grassroots production
Dupatta stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Ensemble stitched by Gurjayant Masterji, Punjab.
Beadwork: 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