Monthly Archives: September 2010

Seeking lost tradition… seeking COTTON!

“Weavers weavers everywhere… not a bundle of cotton to weave…” I agree and I whole-heartedly accept your grimace on what disgusting “sounding” sing song manipulation of words I just subjected you all to! But it came more out of habit … Continue reading

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learning Naga dialects

Nagaland is one of the most diverse states in India with 16 main tribes and many further sub-tribes. The most interesting thing is that within the same tribe or sub tribe, the different villages too have different dialects. so, for … Continue reading

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the road less traveled…

MARCH 2010: Plan: To see all 8 North EASTERN STATES- explore fabrics: understand the weaves of North East India- collect weaves for the next MORA collection. Plan that turned out to be: a lifetime of experiences in these 3 months… … Continue reading

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Majuli, assam: most overwhelming experience, staying in a bamboo house with a family of 21, bathing, washing clothes at Brahmaputra, learnt how to be rich with these people. no electricity. No mobile network- kumarbari… living by the banks of mighty Brahmaputra that actually washed away the house i lived in exactly 11 days later. Hunt n struggle to bring back cotton began here… talks with the bank managers for iva, reminding people what they did is what they need to go back to… i m no one to teach designs… it comes to them naturally… journey into majuli with iva- through ferry.. first sight of majuli n love at first sight… a tragic sort of love story!… lemon n chilly… long walks to the different villages… trip for the family unmarried ladies to the satras… bihu by my little angels n cup noodles… food made by buharis, apong, devi in the girl, festivities of the new house, song which says pigs live down, we live here, n god above us. Excerpts from father thomas’s book., missing weaves- with graph, majuli to dhemaji, “i’m a very smart girl”, apun buhari- doens’t want a son. Hand spun eri… beautiful weaves worn so casually… the weavers we can only dream of wearing… saw some old eri with cotton weaves that were to die for. Make shift arrangements to save flooding villages. Continue reading

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ERI SILK (north east india)

Date: 07.09.2010 I had been reading and hearing the same things from everyone about this silk called “Eri” “who is she?”, I wondered. According to Wikipedia and other sources, The name Eri is derived from the Assamese word ‘era’, which … Continue reading

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