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Jamdani Love with Ssaha

Before you drool over some beautiful Jamdanis that follow  first tune into this music .

The word Jamdani is of Persian origin, deriving from ‘Jam’, meaning flower, and ‘Dani’, a vase or a container because of the pattern generated through the weaving. ‘The Tangail Jamdani is similar to the Dhakai Jamdani in that it uses interlocking extra weft cotton yarn to produce floral or geometric motifs.  However, it has a softer feel and sparser distribution of motifs.

The major difference between Kalna/ Nadia Tangail Jamdani and  Fulia Tangail Jamdani  is that it  incorporates vibrant colours and large, intricate designs woven in double jacquard whereas in the districts in Kalna and Nadia the Jamdani is completed hand done pick by pick. A true Jamdani saree is woven without using even a jacquard machine. The weaver uses fine needle-like spindles to conjure magic with extra weft work that can rival the most intricate embroidery.

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Started by the Kolkata-based couple Santosh and Amitra Sudan Saha, Ssahaworks is a grass roots creative laboratory that does extensive R&D to combine Khadi with other natural fibres such as linen, muga silk and jute to create newer looks and textures in their Saris. Their circumference of work revolves around the periphery of Khadi.

Ssaha founders Amitra and Santosh Saha met at Birla Academy Of Art and Culture, Santosh became an artist, later joined Weaver Service Center and Amitra opted out after three years and Joined Indian Institute Of Crafts and Design. We talk about how interdisciplinary creative dynamics would bring about a new phenomenon. But they  were young and had no funds, but  kept working , till the time they had funds to invest on their dream projects.

 

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Santosh was the one who took the brave lead to do documentation on textiles as she had a background while working with Weavers Service Center. After a years of research they thought of starting their own production, and were anxious but Ms Purnima Rai, from Crafts Council gave them their first order, and so the ball rolled.For two years they not sure weather they would pursue this  full time or a part time activity but on 2014, we decided to take a full plunge, and we moved to Kolkata from Delhi.

Working with each other is fun, we share a great chemistry, we are best of friends having said so we give each other space, and try not indulge in the identical pursuit.” couple tells us.

 

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(In their free time they  like movies, music, theatre, performances, but one interesting hobby mutually share are to hunt unusual places, and especially if we get know to about food or architectural relevance, or about a community. We even try to stay with the community if it’s possible. We love to be surprised by life.)

“we always wanted to give back to the society. We believe that through creativity we can bring about a change honestly we want to be people’s sari. The more the people were hand-woven products the more weavers get work. “

Their favorite crafts forms include Jamdani on Khadi Muslin. ” Our circumference of work revolves around the periphery of Khadi, not only because of its feel and touch but we are mesmerized by the skills involved in the entire process. We like to play with our material, technique and colors, because of which we tend to break way from traditional weaving. Having said that we are hugely inspired by the Tangail tradition of Bengal, which is different from the Bangladesh style of work.” Says Amitra

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The creative process behind Ssaha clothes begins with an idea that can be in form of sketch inspiration, story, image anything, which moves us. Story is so important. Then we slowly build on by desk research and samples if possible. We start making illustrations and prototypes and once the collection is ready we get into production.The major time is consumed amongst the design and the prototype. As you are we only working with Khadi, our objective is how to construct a new identity for the product. We give lots of prominence to texture and feel, weight and colour.

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(“ God lies in the detailing”)

Everyday in our journey has been  an adventure and a roll coaster ride, We love what we do; we try to keep our co-workers happy and hard work. Duo says they want to start a design school for the weavers and craftsman.

Amitra  and Santosh want to bring about change through design. They have a unit that works with weavers from Bengal, Assam & Odisha and keep alive traditional weaving practices in contemporary ways. They believe that the alliance between craft and design is a mutual learning process, where both sides gain by exchanging knowledge. Amitra says “We like to play with our material, technique and colors, because of which we tend to break away from traditional weaving. Having said that, we are hugely inspired by the Tangail /Jamdani tradition of Bengal, which is different from the Bangladesh style of work.”

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“Our relentless effort is to reinterpret and develop alternatives to add value wherever we find the need to change augment or relocate our artistic vision. We believe that the alliance between craft and design as a mutual learning mechanism, where both sides can exchange knowledge and enhance their professional capabilities and empower artisans to further their own innovations. ”

Ssaha is designed as social business to promote and engage the crafts and the community. As more and more craftsmen are reluctant to practice the craft, our endeavor is to work as a catalyst facilitating the propagation of local craft knowledge. However, there is a long way to go and several issues need to be addressed before it becomes possible for craftsmanship to become a viable career option. Our objective is to create enterprises providing creative and social capital.

 

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Follow Ssaha on their website here , Facebook page here and Instagram here .

They also retail through their studio in Kolkata and selected private exhibitions .

You can buy their saris online from the following links

http://www.parisera.com/ssaha

http://www.avishya.com/ssaha

http://shop.gaatha.com/Ssaha-Products

Contact them direct at :

 8,DOCTOR LANE, TALTALA,

KOLKATA 700014, INDIA

11 am to 7pm

+91.033 22651017

ssahaworks@gmail.com

 

 

 

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