Sikandar, Majid and Kabil all started weaving as part of the Central Jail project when it began in Feb 2019. The experienced one of the 3 was Majid, who learned the art of weaving since it was a family trade. Sikandar and Kabil were guided in the project by him and learned intently as he was also their guide that helped them learn about life and stay grounded. When asked why they weave, they shared, “In prison, it is difficult to stay centered. Weaving keeps your mind at peace, on the loom and off the loom. You worry about your family, but you can still work to provide for them.”
Taufiq‘Taufiq’ is an Arabic word that translates to the ability or opportunity to achieve prosperity. It was a name that Sikandar contemplated on, trying to find a name that connects his work to God. There are many unique and artistic symbols on the carpet, all made in unison. They would spend their evenings before bedtime thinking of the kind of symbols they wanted to weave in, discussing and always communicating while weaving. There are unique variations on flowers, perfume bottles, a new imaginative boat; all like creative logos. In the pursuit of prosperity, Sikandar, Majid & Kabil have accomplished step one; establishing an identity.