Aitai

Paat silk with Xin Khap motif weaving of Assam
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.

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Intrinsic
Value
Involves traditional silk mark approved handloom weaving of Paat silk.
Creative
Aspect
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.
Heft-Feel
Light
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant for cooler weather, just like any other mulberry silk
Longevity
Not fragile
Care
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.
State
Ready to wear
Soul
creative repurposing
Drape
Striking, modern, festive
Concerns
Addressed
Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste. Grassroots production
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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

A celebration of humanness.
Mora Collective 2023
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