Sehar  صبح

Asymmetrical patchwork of cottons
This is a double sided stole.

I spoke to my family that about making a complete shift from sewing machine to hand stitched a few years back. Upon much back and forth of ideas, we immediately confronted the idea with conscience decision making.
Do we have to be completely “hand stitched”?
Do we support home sewing machine craft?
During one of our conversations with Gurmel Singh, Mora’s only tailor, he mentioned how it is becoming increasingly difficult for master tailors to survive. With cheaper option of clothing readily available, he sees tailoring as a dying craft. As there are less and less people looking for tailors, there is also growing lack of motivation in the youth to learn tailoring. He comes from a generation of tailors in the family and he thinks it is great loss to the sentiment of craft if stitching is abandoned.
I feel home sewing machine stitching is the best bridge between completely hand crafted by hand stitching and a completely commercially produced industrial stitching products. When I observe Gurmel stitching, I always find it tilting more towards hand craft than machine craft. Tailor is the extension of a sewing machine. Each stitch reflects his attention, reflexes and training. Since, Mora has chosen more dearly a two dimensional canvas, we need to immerse even more deeply in our stitching skills to bring celebration to a simple form.

How steadfast is the stitch?
Will it hold the gravity and tension?
How straight is the line of stitch? How many waves?
How many overlaps and slips in the stitch?
Is the colour of thread in sync with the stitch? In a patchwork, how many times the colour of thread is changed?
How pointed are the corners?
How aligned are the stripes?
What would be the most secure way to bind two textiles together?
How well do the textiles of different density and weight bind together? Are there bulging stitches? Or are they all well settled? How well are they interacting with gravity?
Each morning these wonders wake me up with a new zeal to keep finding new ways to see the same things.

Sehar is 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.

Buyer Empowerments

Involves precision stitching skills and understanding of geometry for desired placements.
Intricate patchwork created to create monotones. The choice of colours is as deliberate as intuitional.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- okay for summers to nippy evenings
Not fragile.
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun. do not wring.
Ready to wear
Mill spun mercerised cotton yarn with Azo-free dyeing
Striking, fun, statement
Supports non-industrial tailoring skills.
Faith in up-skilling unskilled artisans.
Fabric scrap re-purposing.
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Some plain and stripe textiles woven with Nang Amlavati in Arunachal Pradesh.

Cotton yarn from Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Patchwork management by Madhu Mittal.

Patchwork and Stitching by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.

Beadwork 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