Qissaa is the yarn, anecdote, the story. The story of the artisan. The weave, the warp, the weft tells a tale. It is a living testimony to the skill and deft manipulations of the weaver. It talks of the transformation of the humble cocoon, the cotton pods to fabric - to cover, to adorn, to keep warm to tempt, to lure. It is a personal statement. The outfits designed, belong to the people, their habitat... the flora and fauna. The colours and the motifs sing paeans to the seasons. The peacocks dance heralding the monsoons, The trees blossom with flowers and fruits. The mango is the paisley, the creepers of trees embellish the backgrounds.
Vibha Mitra, I the sutradhar! Literature, philosophy. Colours. Textures and designs fascinated me as did Indian myths and traditions. I loved soaking in art – paintings, textiles, nature, people, stories. I took the plunge and indulged in a spree of handloom buying, creating and Qissaa was born. An eclectic lifestyle store. I hope this Qissaa can unfold many colourful moments for our collective consciousness in this journey for the Indian artisan!
The Qissaa albeit story of mine.