Jaipur Open Jail in Rajasthan, India.
FREEDOM MANCHAHA / ORIGINAL RUGS DESIGNED IN RURAL INDIA
Dua (Prayer) by Vahid Khan, Jaipur Open Jail
‘Dua’ is the Urdu and Arabic word for prayer. The designs on this Manchaha were inspired by the patterns that Vahid observed at the mosque he visited, and added his interpretation to it. He split the rug into panels to find place for patterns around the mosque, and for the upper half he has beautifully created tonal changes that are seen on marble flooring. This rug is an authentic representation of what is felt and experienced in prayer, and Vahid believes his work brings him
closer to God.
An initiative for livelihood, creativity and healing in Rajasthan prisons.
Freedom Manchaha, is a unique initiative where inmates serving long sentences at the Jaipur and Bikaner Central Jail are taught the art of carpet weaving and production. While learning to weave, the inmates are encouraged to showcase their un-expressed creativity. Exploring color combinations in woolen yarns, they learn to make a knot and build their own color rhythms into the carpets, eventually learning to form simple patterns one knot at a time. Creatively expressing themselves while learning a new skill through extensive training, inmates rejoice to find a new meaning of life and freedom in their trapped physical spaces.
Jaipur Central Jail | Jaipur Open Jail | Bikaner Jail
Dimensions: 5' x 8'
Colors: Antique White and Ocean Blue
Wool and rayon made from bamboo made in Jaipur Open Jail in Rajasthan, India.
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Where does the product come from?
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.
Manchaha / Jaipur Living
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.