Dhabda Design - Lac Dye Shawl by Siju Shamji Vishram (INDIA)
The shawl is a refined version of traditional master design Blanket (Dhabda) for which my Father (Vishram Valji Vankar) had received a National Award Certificate in the year 1974. This was a masterpiece that had taken many months to make. Many people appreciate this work, but it is difficult for us to recreate such a piece. So I thought of creating a Shawl with the same design concept. It has been made at our workshop in Bhujodi. It has taken me 85 days to create this shawl for the complete process.
Made in our village on a Traditional 4 shaft Pitloom. It is a contemporary variation of our traditional designs in new materials and product forms.
It is special because of the intricate extra weft design motifs used to create geometrical structures. The design originates from the traditional motifs used by the Meghwal Weavers of Kutch to make traditional blanket shawls in local sheep wool for the Rabari Community for whom we have been making shawls for more than 800 years. Later, a new design was created using these traditional motifs in different variations for creating a shawl in softer merino wool. I have now created a refined version of this using the traditional forms in a re-engineered way creating this piece in Merino wool (Warp) and Eri Silk for weft and extra weft work both.
Size: 95 cm x 230 cm
Fabric: Silk and Merino Wool
Available to dispatch in 85 days