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.
ShabnamThis Manchaha is Vahid’s remembrance of his wife Shabnam, whom he lost some time back. He says that he has only seen one thing of beauty, and that was his wife. This loss was irreparable for Vahid. Through this rug, Vahid remembers the day he got married to a very young Shabnam and how she scattered around all her clothes trying to find something suitable to wear the day after marriage. That incident has been translated into the rug through the scattering of flowers from a vase. The rug is woven in hues of deep red as that’s the colour new brides are supposed to wear in rural India.