The title of my project is "Reincarnation: A Transforming Journey of Discarded Textiles." It was simply a coincidence that my inspiration aligns so perfectly with the essence of the project. In the journey of this project, I have witnessed the reincarnation of discarded textiles, as they are transformed into beautiful and meaningful creations. The inspiration from my visit to a monastery in Himachal seamlessly merges with the project's goal of repurposing industrial waste and exploring innovative techniques like handloom weaving, block printing, and upcycled embroidery, my aim is to transform these materials into unique and meaningful products. This project has been extraordinary, drawing inspiration from the tranquility of the monastery and creatively channeling it through various color mediums.
During the research period, things went smoothly, but I faced challenges when it came to creating the collection. The process of finding leftover fabrics and visiting the katran market was both shocking and eye-opening. Further as I delved into the sampling process, I realized that working with limited resources and colors was a new and playful yet challenging aspect. Understanding how chindi worked and how to work with them required experimenting with samples. Through numerous tests and trials, we gained a deep understanding of the product's functionality, ensuring it works seamlessly. We explored two different directions: weaving the sari on the loom and constructing it as a big patch of plain and upcycled fabric mix. Both approaches succeeded remarkably well.
During the process, I had the opportunity to work on four different projects, all with the main aim of reducing and reusing leftover materials. Each project was unique and presented its own set of challenges and opportunities. Working on these projects allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the process and think differently from the regular perspective.