India, Khamir Craft Society, Sahiyaro Handwoven Kharad Rug
Product name: Sahiyaro Handwoven Kharad Rug (KHRG103)
Type of product: Desi Wool Rug
Description (story of the item): This carpet is made from Kutch’s indigenous desi wool and organic Kala cotton (it has a 20% warp of indigenous cotton and a 80% weft of desi oon) using the Kharad weaving technique. It is handwoven on one of the most basic and ancient semi-nomadic looms by Dama Mangu Marwadha a 23-year old Kharad weaver from Kutch’s Khavda village. The carpets woven on this loom are produced with their front facing downwards, which means the artisan has to rely on a mirror which is strategically placed beneath the loom to observe the design.
The main inspiration behind the making of this rug was the social distancing guidelines in response to the global pandemic. While the traditional Kachchhi motifs, patterns, and finishes are all about fine-details and intricate designs, Marwadha’s social distance-inspired designs are simply a modern interpretation where the context and symbolic meaning of the motifs remain the same, but have some spacing between them. Additionally, while the individual colours are fascinating in themselves, the combination evokes the dull and otherwise arid Kachchhi landscape.
Product note: Kharad rugs are said to last for more than 100 years
Materials: Kutch’s indigenous desi wool (from the Patanwadi sheep breed) and organic Kala cotton
Measurements / size: 3 x 5 feet