India, Khamir Craft Society, Hand Felted Kutchi Namda Rug
Product name: Hand Felted Kutchi Namda Rug
Type of product: Hand felted Namda Woolen Rug
Description (story of the item): Made by Latifbhai Mansuri using the ancient Namda technique, this rug is made using locally sourced desi wool, since it has a serrated structure which helps with the felting process. In this technique, the wool is first cleaned by hand, and then handspun and hand dyed using locally sourced eco-friendly chemical dyes. The process involves laying out a thin layer of wool on a wet fabric in the required pattern, sprinkling it with water, and pressing it with one's hands. This forms the base of the product. More such layers are placed, adjusted and flattened into a uniform size and shape using the same water and compression technique. When agitated with soap water, the wool fibres get locked together hence forming a surface. The artisans then roll colourful woolen yarns into ropes on the surface of an inverted pot, and use them to create colourful and intricate designs.
In Kutch, this ancient craft is sustained only by 3 artisan families from the Pinjara and Mansuri communities that back in the day used the craft to create saddle blankets for horses and camels.
Product note: Hand felted Namda rugs are the best answer to cold floors and perfect for beautiful floor seating arrangements. They can also be used as decorative bed covers or to adorn any corner of your home.
Materials: Kutch’s indigenous desi wool (from the Patanwadi sheep breed)
Measurements / size: 2.5x2.5 Feet
Availability / stock level: Made to order (maximum one month wait time)