Hills | Mountains | Triangles

Weaves woven with cotton on back strap loom
Spoken for
Common to all tribes of North East India are the carefully made triangles, while calculating each drop and pick through the warp and weft on the back strap loom. Weaving triangles is much like much like walking mountains. One calculates the wider base to the tapering top, each time dropping a column of warp to insert the weft. The weaver’s mind keeps the tedious count steady and consistent. Each skipped or doubled count will not yield the desired triangle motif representing their hills and mountains. Perhaps the gaps in the mountains represent their valleys and river too.

It is not any randomness that Indigenous motifs made on back strap looms of North East India are dominant with triangular motifs. Here, lives the foundation of a culture is directly influenced by its surroundings. In the absence of influences from the outside, the inspiration source is from what they see, and where they walk and what they smell. Conversations effortlessly flow with the names of the mountains, hills, their ranges, and the rivers flowing through them. You could dig information on the following names, if it interests your curiosity!

Naga Hills

Barail Range diving Manipur and Nagaland, ranging from Assam’s North Cachar Hills

Mizo hills of Mizoram

Garo, Khasi, Jaintia hills of Meghalaya

Patkai bum

Mikir hills

Mishmi and Dafla hills of Arunachal

Arakan/Rakhine Mountain ranges

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Indigenous textile product, Involves traditional handloom weaving
One of a kind wearable textile. I enjoyed giving form to the textures of back strap loom weaves with gentle beadwork. The weave motifs highlight the triangular geometry representing hills of Nagaland in colours that explore possibilities beyond the conventional usage.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Not fragile.
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
Ready to wear
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
Grassroots production. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
Casual, elegant, comfort
Fabric: Cotton sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Weaves made with North East Network, Nagaland.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork: 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