Mohammed Vahid Khan from Jaipur, Rajasthan, learned how to weave from his father when he was 12 years old. His family has been in Jaipur for over 75 years and they pass on the art of weaving from generation to generation and it has been his family’s only source of income since they were poor. In his 20’s he was convicted of murder, an incident he so deeply regrets went out of hand in a flash. He had initially only completed his education till 5th grade and later on continued his education till 10th from Indira Gandhi Open School while he was in Jaipur Central Jail. His 2 sons were brought up by his in-laws and they come to visit him regularly. Now 46 years old and transferred to Open Jail for good behaviour, he believes he has learned many life lessons about how one should conduct themselves and hopes that others can learn it the easy way.
LataIn this Manchaha, Vahid has woven in the many different kinds of creepers that are seen growing on the walls of most buildings in Jaipur. That’s why he named it ‘Lata’, which is the hindi word for creeper. He has seen creepers all over the walls of the Open Jail, some in pink, purple, even the orange trumpet vine. These plants help keep the buildings cool during the summer and during monsoon, winter and spring they bloom into an array of colourful flowers. Although he didn’t get many colours, he skillfully used his design ethic to create the same effect. He hopes that his Manchaha can bring colour into the home for one half of the year, and keep it nice and cool for the other half.