Chendamangalam, a tiny hamlet in Kerala, was devastated by the floods of 2018. Its handloom industry, which weaves one of the finest cotton muslin in India, was in tatters. But in the next 100 days, the world witnessed a spectacular comeback. Chendamangalam rose again with renewed fervour. They reached out to the world for help, which came in due course. They saved their stock and rebuilt their looms. But what ultimately saved them was their own fierce determination and grit in battling all odds.Their resilience in the face of great adversity, is a saga that will be told by generations to come. MARUPIRAVI, which means "rebirth", is a collection made from the salvaged stock of fabric from one of the societies here, H-47. Every pore of these garments breathes the story of the journey traversed by the weavers and the fabric itself - a tale of miraculous rebirth.
The title of this collection was inspired by a book by the same name - Sethu's MARUPIRAVI. It tells another centuries-old tale of this region - the saga of Muziris - as its English translation is titled. These stories must be told. This land, its people, and the finest handloom muslin of Kerala, deserve a round of loud applause; one that will resonate down corridors of history for many years to come.
Visit our place at the Kochi Biennale @galleryoed in Mattancherry. Apparel and accessories designed by @mantradesignstudio @orginsinkerala @karaweaves are also available @thewardrobecochin, Quiros street Fort Kochi.
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