Raw ink Mul
The ink flowed slowly and quietly through the pen and reached the tip. She placed it on the paper and the ink started to spread with the slow confidence of drifting continents. She seemed to write carefully, for her wrist twirled with the grace of a dancer. There was no sign of recklessness because she knew that the effect of every word in the written form was irreversible. But, what she wrote was far from carefully curated words. She wrote her mind without inhibitions. The calmness of the pen and the raw, uninhibited words came together like gracefully slithering lava. This raw ink represented her very being.
The raw ink made-in-heaven mul saree is one of the most loved drapes at Suta. This one will make you wonder if you really are in saree-heaven!
Length: 5.5 meters ; Width: 47 inches
Blouse Piece: No
1. Hand wash separately in cold water and salt
2. Don't soak it in water for more than 5 minutes
3. Medium iron
Blouse: Su, the model is wearing a blouse from our in house collection. To view similar blouses -
Fabric: Mul Cotton
Disclaimer: The pictures are clicked in daylight. Color may vary slightly from the image due to the screen brightness.
The mul cotton is what we call Made in Heaven at Suta. Known in West Bengal as mul mul, the fabric is what can be categorised as muslin cotton. It is believed that this fine method of weaving cotton can be traced back to even before the Indus valley civilization. What makes this fabric special is the almost magical process of weaving it. Cotton fibres are separated and spun into strong threads. The lightest and the most delicate fibres are separated and are then spun into muslin thread. These are then woven into fabrics by skilled weavers. The history of muslin weaving is a beautiful chapter in the history of Indian textiles. The process of the yore was much more complex and involved many unique tools that look primitive but worked like magic. The upper jaw of a catfish was used to initially clean the cotton before spinning. To separate the lightest fibres, a Dhunkar (a bamboo bow) was used, which when strung in a distinctive way made the lighter fibres rise above the heavier ones. This process gave the title Woven Air to the muslin fabric. Weavers famously wove on looms that were at ground level and operated the looms from pits dug in the ground. Even during the Mughal era, the muslin fabric was seen as a symbol of power for its finesse. History is full of anecdotes to prove the awe that the muslin fabric generated. Emperor Aurangzeb is said to have chided his daughter Zeb-un-Nisa for appearing naked in the court when in reality she had been wearing several layers of the muslin cloth! Such was the fabrics delicateness. The almost invisible fabric had made an Arab traveller in the 10th century remark that the degree of fineness is such that a garment can be drawn through a ring of a middling size. During the British colonisation and even during the Mughal rule, the art of weaving muslin took a hit as weavers were treated poorly and drought hit many of the weaving centres. As a result, today, the process of weaving has seen a lot of change. Nevertheless, the essence of it hasn't changed and the charm of the fabric still remains.