National Award Stole Design by Siju Shamji Vishram (INDIA)
The shawl is a recreated version of a contemporary masterpiece design shawl for which my elder brother received a National Award in 1999. This was a masterpiece that took many months to make. Many people appreciated this work, but we had never been able to recreate such a piece. So I thought of creating one in the same design concept after almost 21 years now that we are getting customers who can appreciate and buy high-value pieces. It has been made at our workshop in Bhujodi. It has taken me 140 days to create this shawl.
Made in our village on a Traditional 4 shaft Pitloom. It is a contemporary variation of our traditional designs in new materials and product forms.
It is special because of the intricate extra weft design motifs used to create geometrical structures. The design originates from the traditional motifs used by the Meghwal Weavers of Kutch to make traditional blanket shawls in local sheep wool for the Rabari Community for whom we have been making shawls for more than 800 years. Later, a new design was created using these traditional motifs in different variations for creating a shawl in softer merino wool. I have now recreated the same.
Size: 60 cm x 200 cm
Fabric: Merino Wool
Available to dispatch in 190 days