Its all folk
Crafts I Cultures I Collectives
It's all folk started as an archiving project - a diary of people and societies, of beliefs and arts that make up a distinctive culture, in 2015.
I have documented my journey through Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Gujarat and West Bengal in India, working for social enterprises and organisations like Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (Guwahati), Craftmark India, All India Artisans and Craftworkers welfare Association (AIACA), and Impulse NGO Networks, Shillong.
The project culminated into the “Pick and Sew Collectives” where I sourced indigenous textiles right from the weavers, repurposed and diversified them into contemporary products.
All the fabrics are hand woven, and sourced directly from the weavers in North East India, with each piece unique. By diversifying indigenous textiles I aspire to support cultural preservation, awareness and continuation of such dying crafts. I hope to inspire people to value the origin of the product they use and the journey a handmade product takes to reach them. All the products at "Its all folk" are stitched as part of vocational skills training imparted to women for livelihood generation by "Swavlambi" an NGO in Gujarat, India.
Its all folk is constantly evolving and under an overhaul currently. Follow my journey on instagram to be posted on the journey or head over to the website.
Photography by Namrata Tiwari for Its all folk