Aaspura, Rajasthan, India.
MANCHAHA / ORIGINAL RUGS DESIGNED IN RURAL INDIA
Gaaon Aur Shahar by Dhafali
About The Rug: The rug, gaaon aur shahar or 'the village and city' brings out the contrast between the two. At once, she weaved plants and trees that she sees in her village and later on she started weaving complexities of a city life through her intricate design. With beautiful patterns, she also tried to explain how urbanites run each day to climb a ladder that leads nowhere. “I wonder how people in city survive the ruckus. Life is better off here and with this rug, I tried portraying the same”, she explains in her deep assertive voice.
About The Weaver: Residing in a family of six people with one goat, Dhafali’s life revolves around weaving and being a homemaker. She recently won IF design award for her beautiful Manchaha, Ujjawal. “I love it when my neighbors say that they saw my interview in television or on a radio,” she says with excitement. A true preserver of art, the entire family knows how to weave. Though, uneducated herself Dhafali has ensured good education for all her three children and proudly shared that the best moment of her life was when her eldest son became a teacher in Government school.
Dimensions: 5'6" x 8'
Colors: Antique White and Pink Crush
Wool and rayon made from bamboo made in Aaspura, Rajasthan.
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What is it made of?
Wool and bamboo rayon.
Where does it go at the end of its life?
In India, handknotted rugs are kept for generations and generally passed down through families. Sometimes rugs are overdyed to provide a new look and feel to an older rug. Rugs are preserved and patches of them can be used for different areas. These rugs disintegrate and decompose and pose no harm to the environment. These rugs start and end from our environment.
In rural India, humanity exudes simplicity. Ideas are innocent. Imagination is boundless. Stories are everywhere. An art is born.
Manchaha, a design experiment with non-designers, ignited the power in the dying art of rug weaving. In every design there is a unique story to tell, full of emotions, dreams and the personality of its maker. Manchaha redefines art by tapping into the untamed fashion of rural India.