Jaipur Rugs | Choohe Ki Duniya- LES-1504
The visionary concept of Manchaha wall rugs combines traditional expertise with 3D modern trends. Artisans explore new design forms, knot quality, color theory, and tactile textures using diverse materials like hand-spun wool, sari silk, and bamboo silk. These exceptional creations are crafted from leftover yarns from regular carpet production, promoting sustainability and minimizing waste. Tradition and innovation converge, resulting in one-of-a-kind works of art that captivate and inspire.
The wall rugs are made using small leftover batches of hand-spun wool and bamboo silk yarn from commercial carpet production, which cannot be reused afresh. Recycled sari silk in these rugs is made from leftovers from sari production units and using rejected saris in larger lots. Different yarn counts, kinds of wool fibers, ply mixed yarns, and fiber-dyed wool yarns were used to create extensive textures and artisanal expressions. Approximately 35-40 different yarn color shades were used, and the rug was made with 24 knots per square inch.
Along with traditional techniques of Persian or asymmetric knots, artisans were taught Soumak techniques and modified knotting techniques for creating loops and long pile. Innovative ideas such as creating gaps/holes inside the carpet, creative braiding on the carpet, and the attachment of pom poms & tassels were experimented with.
Maintaining the pile density and weight of the carpet was the biggest challenge faced by our artisans. Exploring different lower knot qualities, our artisans created their own unique ways to utilize materials. The new ideas of textures were developed, and artisans learned to express themselves in 3D tactile textures. Artisans were introduced to modern layouts and color theory sessions. The introduction of new 3D techniques gave the artisans tools to express themselves, and hence each piece is a unique expression of the artist's creative mind.
This rug is an extension of the innovative Freedom Manchaha project, a sustainable initiative transforming the lives of long-term prisoners in the jails of Rajasthan by giving them the opportunity to design their own rugs. Through this program, inmates find healing, purpose, and a new sense of identity, breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy that often leads to a life of crime. It allows long-term prisoners in Rajasthan jails to spontaneously design their own rug on the loom. The project focuses on nurturing latent creativity and transforming inmates with diverse backgrounds into artists.
Our unique approach encourages collaboration among inmates, allowing them to positively transform the prison environment. This collaboration gives birth to a new visual language that reflects their individuality and shared experiences. It started with just 2-3 inmates and has expanded to impact the lives of over 500 inmates across 5 jails in Rajasthan. Each rug in the collection is a masterpiece of design inspiration and is made of 222,184 individual knots per square meter using hand-spun leftover yarn from carpet production, which cannot be reused afresh.
'Choohe ki duniya,' a wall rug made by Shantilal from Dausa Jail, has an interesting story of a jungle rat in search of 'shakkarpara' – a sweet Indian snack, while exploring an underpass tunnel to escape a water stream and save itself from wild animals. It depicts green bushes, a scary big eye in the middle, and bright orange snacks.
Expanding the usage of rugs as wall art and showcasing unique artistry, we use hand-spun wool to create unique textures. By promoting rehabilitation, inclusivity, waste reduction, and sustainable sourcing, we contribute to a more just and sustainable society where individuals are empowered and the environment is respected.
Jaipur Rugs | Hall 3 | Stand F32
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