India, Siju Shamji Vishram, Sachi Kore Stole (3 weft)
The stole has been inspired by a very complex design that our elders made while creating traditional blanket shawls. This is an interlocking technique of weaving in which there are 3 wefts. Usually, in weaving, the warp and weft yarns cross each other creating a shaded effect on the woven textile and the shuttle flies across. While for creating this design, a special warp and weft have to be created for this portion of the design for a solid colour, which requires to be skillfully woven to create the border portion in one solid colour and not have the shaded effect of different colour weft going across.
This product was made for the Rabaris as they wanted a distinct shawl for them. Traditionally the blanket shawl was woven in 2 parts so the border was only on side of each piece. It is also difficult to create the pinnacle design side borders on both sides of a woven product. I decided to experiment with this technique and have created this special stole.
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 distinct colour borders created with controlled warp and weft in the same colours to create solid borders. 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.
The name for the special border design is known as 'Sachi Kor' which means real border. Due to the complexity of this design and time taken to create this pattern, very few people continued doing this. I have revived the technique and adapted it to a contemporary market in cotton. Traditionally it was done only on local sheep wool.
Size: 40 cm x 200 cm
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