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.
Machli ke dabbe‘Machli ke dabbe’ translates to boxes of fish. It is a unique interpretation by Vahid of a lake on this Manchaha. The green flowing warp signifies the grass on the banks of a lake, while the boxes in the rug represent the lake at different times of the day and different seasons. The colour hues tend to drown out the patterns he’s woven in, but that is precisely what he was aiming for. It mimics the glistening or blinding effect just as a lake, where the onlooker is mesmerized by the scenery, yet has no perfect clarity. “This rug can bring in peace to a home with the life of a lake, and would find reason to persist through life’s difficulties”, shares Vahid.