Textile is not just a material or an exhibit but it is flexible, evolutionary and a living tradition that is rooted in people’s bodies, thoughts and environment. It is a living organism that does not end in itself but always in the state of transitioning and becoming. 

4 POINT MANIFESTO
  1. Connecting past to present 
  2. Connecting research to practice 
  3. Connecting seed to saree 
  4. Connecting weaver to wearer
Connecting past to present 
  • We must preserve knowledge for the current and future generations 
  • We must revisit the past by being cognisant of the present custodians of the craft. We don’t aim to revive. 
  • We must focus on connecting the past and present through the process of production rather than the finished product as it is not our end goal. 
Connecting research to practice
  • We must make sure practice and research are in tandem with each other. 
  • We must ensure our projects are adaptable so that future participants can add to the repository of research.
Connecting seed to saree
  • We must collaborate with the communities and materials in such a manner that the two interact with one another in a contextualised way. 
  • We must value our resources and use only what is required as and when it is truly needed. Thus, not innovate for sake of innovating and produce for the sake of producing. 
  • We must respect the time taken to conceptualise and execute a project. 
  • We must work responsibly towards preserving social entities of the community and  ensure that economic growth directly affects all stakeholders. 
Connecting community to customer 
  • We must respect every individual who is a part of the process 
  • We must ensure that an honest story is revealed that reflects the spirit of the project and highlights diverse narratives.
  • This should be reflected in all phases of the project
  • We must be transparent about our process of production, and communicate the same to the wearer including details about who made the product where and how the product was made.