There was one birthday when I couldn’t quite decide what I wanted as a gift. I was usually ready with a list, but this year something had changed. I left it to Amma. And, she bought me a castle of candies. The next thing I knew, I had invited the kids from across the road, kids from the next building, all the kids that I knew and did not know. All of us conquered that castle together! And, I discovered the gift of experience, of togetherness, for the first time ever. From my next birthday, my gift list was replaced by the list of people that I wanted to be with! And, that never changed.
This screen-printed and hand painted made-in-heaven mul saree in white, yellow and purple hues is a dream come true!
Length: 5.5 meters ; Width: 47 inches
Blouse Piece: No
Wash Care: Dry wash
Blouse: Su, the model is wearing a blouse called Artsy Aries
Fabric: Mul Cotton
Disclaimer: The pictures are clicked in daylight. Color may vary slightly from the image due to the screen brightness.
The designs on this fabric come alive on our made-in-heaven mul sarees through an intricate process known as screen-printing. This process involves the usage of a mesh-screen made of synthetic polymers that is strung onto a metal or wooden frame at high tension. A stencil with the negative image of what is to be printed is placed beneath the screen and emulsion is applied to create a positive image that lets the dye seep through the screen. The dye is then applied on the fabric through the screen to print the desired image. Every design for screen-printing is made with a live-sized screen and each colour of printing requires a separate screen.So, the process of printing gets more and more intricate with addition of more colours in a design.It also makes the work of artisans more laborious as a result. The screens that are created for printing are stored with utmost care to keep them safe from damage or distortion.The lengthy procedure and the many steps involved become worth it when the beautiful final product is created.
Our artists paint with all their hearts to create the hand-painted sarees. First, the painting is created with a pencil and water colours and once it is finalised, it is made on a live-sized paper and sent to artisans in villages. These artisans keep this as a reference and paint the final painting on the fabric in a free-hand technique. The softest Mul fabric becomes the perfect canvas for this art and these sarees make a statement like no other. There are bound to be some irregularities here and there and no two products will look absolutely the same. This is the beautiful allure of hand-painted art.
The base fabric for these sarees is the forever-favourite made-in-heaven mul.
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.