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; it has been his family’s only source of income since long. 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 unlike him, others can learn it the easy way.
Dhaari-dhaari‘Dhari’ translates to ‘lines’ in English, an inspiration he took from the alabaster that his house is built with. Even during his time at both the jails, he was behind bars, also lines. That’s why Vahid says that his life has been defined by the lines on his hands, the lines of the iron bars, and the lines of the alabaster. In his Manchaha, Vahid has woven in his emotions, of the deep feeling for misfortune but also learning important lessons after being moved to the open jail through those very lines.