Art Craft and Culture

Project by

Prof. Nina Sabnani

This project will be exhibited at Design Degree Show 2015, 13th to 17th June.

Juria Mora : A folktale on a motif

This project is an attempt to connect the dots between the culture I am from to what I have learnt during these years.

The project focuses on understanding of various motifs used by an Assamese weaver in expressing her thoughts through coded messages of symbols.

The weaver would weave a cloth using a certain series of motifs for a person whom she loved and a different series of motifs for a person whom she respects.The visual representations of her emotions used as motifs were a coded meaning which is expressed through her profound skill of binding warps and wefts together

I tried an amalgamation of existing motifs and storytelling through an Assamese folktale which is about an evolution of a motif. I have also tried to maintain the hand woven effect of a fabric by using motifs and backgrounds directly from authentic hand woven fabrics of the region and framing them digitally and forming the composition.

The challenging part of the project was to find humanistic figures that were required for the story. But none of such motifs existed in the handloom library, hence I took the challenge to understand the technical skill and created the complex humanistic characters in guidance with a professional weaver.

  • Manoj Sharma

    Amazing work. Beautiful concept and execution. Congratulations on keeping your project so fresh and different.

  • Nupur Priya

    I am truly amazed to see you conceptualized this Brahma, with so much sensitivity! Love the concept, story, execution and the earnest honesty. Kudos!

  • Sharon Borgoyary

    Beautiful concept. Impressed.

  • Kusha Kapila

    Absolutely loved this. This is exquisite.

  • Gitima Das

    Beautiful n exquisite! Showcases the painstaking labour that goes into creating our assamese hand loom. Time and again I wonder why don’t we promote our own culture by buying n wearing our own ethnic fabrics rather than spending fortunes on so called designer Mekhala sadar which are just pieces of fabric stitched together that are remotely connected to our culture!

  • Diksha Shivam