जंगल Jungle

Patchwork of cotton to pay homage to Thebvo
Spoken for

हम जंगली नहीं, जंगल के है।
We are not “jungli”, we are of the jungle.


“Do It Yourself” way of doing things in Chakhesang community is an ancient survival based lifestyle. They structure their whole year around seasons, and make what they need from locally available resources. They are naturally trained into life skills like jungle survival, farming, making houses, fishing, weaving, making baskets, foraging edible leaves, and many others. Rarely, people convert their craft into livelihood.

I found that I have reverence for nature based lifestyle in the hills and mountains. I like the lightness of a householder's life growing amidst their family. I enjoy observing an artisan stealing moments in their day to finish their ongoing piece of craft. I see that this format keeps their heart settled when craft is their value-add, not survival. They stay close to their families' needs. They tend to their farms. They grow their own food so they are never poor or hungry. They work with awareness of the seasons. With a full stomach, they do the craft work in their available time.

I want to choose this lifestyle for myself. I have been telling my loved ones, "when I learn to live like them, then I will begin to live a successful and content life". So, I keep myself close to them, to grow under their supervision. I observe their flow of problem solving and troubleshooting. I internalise how their "lack of external resources" becomes their "abundance of creativity”.

The ones who get to live in their routine will soon begin to see that people who live with jungles are highly sophisticated and adept in the art of living.

Through this stole, I want to evoke a clear difference between what is jungli and what is “of the jungle”. Thebvo has been added to the stole to talk of this highly skilled gift of the jungle to the gifted humans of this jungle.

For voice of Thebvo makers and community please see blog. The proceeds from this textile are intended towards Thebvo project "artisans at ease".

Buyer Empowerments

Thebvo aspect of the stole
Wearable textile made with ancient spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Home- reared, Hand spun, hand woven following indigenous methodology of Kuzhami (Chakhesang) people of Nagaland.
100 % natural, Protein- based, organic, hand-made, from nature-back to nature. Something to grow old with and then pass it on to loved ones.
Thermal insulation, Moisture absorption, UV protective, completely bio-degradable.
Cotton patchwork aspect of the stole
Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry and textures to create desired placements. Up-cycling of textile remains of injured, reject textiles to reduce textile/ fabric scrap waste. Also involves hand loom weaving of Arunachal Pradesh.
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing for checks and plain solid cotton. Certain fabrics source of dye unknown.
The combined aspects of the shawl
The combined aspects of the Textile
One of a kind heirloom textile that brings together Thebvo with various textures of cotton in a asymmetrical patchwork representing colours of the jungle. Thebvo was placed as a intentional mood to express what something that is of the jungle, from the jungle, by the jungle feels like!
Moderate. Double sided.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant-not warm not cold. Should give warmth on a slightly nippy evening. Should also protect from blazing Sun.
Not fragile. Once everything else wears out, Thebvo will still remain for you to re-purpose it.
Made in rural household. Weaves made by artisan at home in available time- supporting farming lifestyle.
In support of slow movement
In support of indigenous knowledge of Nagaland & Arunachal Pradesh.
No bargaining with artisans. Mutual decision-making.
No deadline/ pressure based work environment.
No gender structures assumed while designing the product.
In support of natural dyeing through resources available in neighbourhood
In solidarity with backstrap loom weaving
Supports non- industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
Fabric scrap Up-cycling to reduce textile waste.
Classic- black & green, vibrant, traditional translated to modern
Thebvo is made by Indigenous Kuzhami community with assistance of Thebvo project est 2014, Nagaland.
Cotton plain solids woven with supervision from Nang Amlavati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Cotton yarn from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Few cotton by Khadi Gramodyog.
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Tassels by 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