Sachi Kore Stole (5 weft) by Siju Shamji Vishram (INDIA)
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 5 wefts. Usually, in weaving, the warp and weft yarns cross each other creating a shaded effect on the woven textile. While for creating this design, a special warp and weft have to be created for the portion of the border of the design which requires to be skillfully woven. Traditionally the blanket shawl was woven in 2 parts so the border was only on side of each piece. It is more 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 with 3 borders (2 in two different colours) and pinnacle designs in 4 places, using 5 shuttles.
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. This is very rare. It is the first time in the history of our weave that anyone has created such a piece creating the 3 special borders (2 of them if two different colours and pinnacles designs in 4 places.
It is special because of the above-mentioned aspects. 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. This was a prestigious traditional shawl design woven only for the Rabaris by us.
The name for the special border design is known as 'Sachi Kor' which means real border. Due to the complexity of this design, very few people continued doing this. I have revived the technique and experimented with so many borders to create a unique effect and made it in cotton. This is has been created with great effort over a period of 70 days.
Size: 60 cm X 200 cm
Available to dispatch in 90 days