The Selvedge is our permanent capsule collection comprising 20 especially commissioned, multi-purpose handmade textile pieces, designed and handwoven in Kachchh, Gujarat, brought out every winter. They are popularly called Kachchh Shawls. The stamp of handwoven is the imperfect selvedge of a textile. These handmade throws are woven and finished by the latest generation of a long lineage of cloth weavers in Kachchh. A 90" x 40" piece of textile takes up to 17 hours to weave and another 2-4 hours to finish, depending on the intricacy of design.
This is the story of how TAIC's first collection, numbered 100, came to be. Ahmedabad figured as a short but pivotal stop in my larger travel plans across North India to explore Indian crafts in the summer of 2017. Although it wasn't my mecca, I walked away with both insight and gnawing questions.