Dhabda Design Blanket (National Award winner) 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. This is has been created with great effort over a period of 95 days.
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 Local Sheep wool. I have now recreated the same using the Merino Wool.
Size: 140 cm x 250 cm
Fabric: Merino Wool
Available to dispatch in 95 days