Dhurries of Rajasthan
Another nameless weaver toiling all day long, sitting at his loom at his house… he is weaving a dhurrie (a floor rug), a dream dhurrie, to add color to your crystal studded drawing and living rooms. He selects the yarn, dyes it in different colors, and weaves interesting patterns with exciting colors… all in his house. He is single handedly running this small scale industry.
The villages of Rajasthan are dotted with many such houses providing a steady supply of dhurries to the market. They use primitive ground looms and natural dyes. The colors are fast and washable and the weaves interlocked in such a way that the rugs are reversible. They are light yet durable, casual yet ethnic, simple yet stylish and so sought after by rich and poor alike.
The carpet and dhurrie weaving was introduced to India by weavers of Afganisthan in the 17th century. Today this art has flourished and is the main source of income for many small time businessmen. Many variations have come up, there are not just cotton dhurries, silk and woolen varieties made of camel and goat hair, too are available.
The weaver showed us dhurries of different shapes, sizes and colors. No two pieces were same. And when you see so many, the mind starts working in different directions, in different rooms, in all combination and permutations. May be one for the children’s room with animal motifs…