Since colonial times in India, handloom weavers have been a part of a complex system of production organization which moved them from being independent artisans to being dependent on merchants and others to sustain a livelihood. All of the processes involved in weaving cloth in the pre-colonial times that were based on self-reliant methods have disappeared overtime in most parts of India. Political and economic transformations has reduced “independent weavers to different degrees of dependencies “causing a movement from custom to mass produced", “and a transition from household production to factory.” This is the case in Kodiyala, a once thriving handloom-weaving center in the Mandya district of Karnataka where the practice of handloom weaving has undergone several changes over time.
Hosa Arambha is the brainchild of The Registry of Sarees. The project initially began as a part of a design thesis that The Registry of Sarees supported by way of research, material support, providing introductions and monetary support towards design and production. It became apparent through a series of discussions that Kodiyala- a once thriving weaving centre that is now a village in need of gainful employment, basic infrastructure, community organisation, reclamation of identity and most of all the right to dignity, to this end The Registry of Sarees continues to provide long term sustained work independently at Kodiyala through its commercial sister concern Yali.store
Recognizing that traditional ways have not been practiced by the weaving community in Kodiyala for several decades, and that the old ways must give way to the new : Hosa Arambha, literally translates to New Beginnings.
The key objectives are:
1.Establishing dignity and pride from the weaver to the wearer by the creation of a distinct identity.
2.The creation of identity enables the weaver and the wearer to appreciate distinct qualities associated with the Kodiyala saree:
- Mindful design that includes the mythology and history of the weavers of Kodiyala.
- Responsible production that respects raw materials and the skillset of the weavers.
- Proximity to nature and a high regard to the environment in choosing to work with local raw materials such as cotton and dyes that are available within the region.
3. Creating a viable, sustainable long-term environmental and economic entity that contributes towards the growth of the individual and community.