Sewa

MR21145
Kaleidoscope patchwork with Tai Khampti weaves
Spoken for

Making of this kind of kaleidoscope using small shreds of fabric is no less than Sewa or service. When the artisan blocks out all other distractions and carefully engages in picking each tiniest piece of fabric, it needs a concentration that comes from single minded focus. Cutting, ironing, aligning, joining, recutting, ironing, aligning, joining are just some of the steps required for each of those many boxes to appear. One must assume humility while engaging with a process like this. And this softness appears only when the doer approaches their craft with the intention of service, Sewa Bhaava.

With Sewa, we have made each kaleidoscope patchwork. It is easy to pick the textile scrap and discard it before it even registers the conscience. It is another thing to look at it, and then re-look at it with a creative eye. When the design begins to unfold, it evokes service. Do the right thing. Do not look for short cuts. Surrender to the perseverance. Hold them gently. See them with beauty. Waste has beauty.

To give homage to kaleidoscope, I finished the other side of the stole with weaves from Tai Khampti tribe that are woven on their traditional loom using cotton that I sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu and carried it in my backpack to these villages.

The first time I made the decision to carry extra yarn in my bag, I wish to assume that it came from space of Sewa too! The repetition of this act over years took away any ego that I would have attached to this act in the beginning years.

Buyer Empowerments

Intrinsic
Value
Involves indigenous weaving motifs as well as modern stitching construction for patchwork in order to creativity offer a prototype design for textile scrap management.
Creative
Aspect
One of a kind wearable textile that involves traditional weaving of Tai Khampti community contextualised to diverse usability through intricate kaleidoscope patchwork construction.
Helf-Feel
Moderate
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Longevity
Not fragile
Care
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. Do not wring.
State
Ready to wear
Soul
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing used for Naga weaves.
Drape
Modern, playful geometry, drape offers a range from formal dress up to a casual staple
Concerns
Addressed
Up-cycling of textile remains of injured, reject textiles to reduce textile/ fabric scrap waste
Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
In support of slow movement
In support of indigenous knowledge of Arunachal Pradesh.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
No gender structures assumed while designing the product.
Supports non- industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
Tai Khampti weaves and all solid cotton fabrics made with supervision from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Cotton yarn sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Kaliedscope patchwork and stitching by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork 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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