How Are Our Dhurries Made?
Versatile - Traditional - Beautiful
Dhurries are wonderful, versatile rugs which look beautiful in many settings. They have both a fresh and a classic look to them. The simpler prints and stripes of today’s dhurries have a more casual look that resonates with today’s lifestyles. The designs of dhurries from Forum For Rural Weavers are inspired by traditional cultures known for their textiles. Values such as craftsmanship, traditional techniques, quality, and contemporary design are infused into every dhurrie rug from Forum For Rural Weavers.
Punja - Tapestry-weave - Flat-weave
A punja dhurrie rug is woven using the tapestry weaving technique which produces a graphic design on a strong, tightly-woven rug. It is a plain weft-faced weave having weft threads of different colours worked over portions of the warp to form the design. Thus a reversible design is produced, which looks the same on both sides of the rug. The word punja refers to a metallic claw-like tool which is used to pack the weft yarns. The design of the punja weaving looms has remained unchanged for centuries. Weaving is painstakingly slow, but the bright colours, geometric designs and sturdy flat-weaves are well worth the tremendous effort which goes into making a punja dhurrie. The weaver uses the design drawn or printed on paper, and skilfully inserts the dyed yarn between the warp threads. Azo-free dyes are used, which are tested for fastness to washing and rubbing.
Washed - Stretched - Tassles - Handstitched
An off-the-loom dhurrie rug appears different from the finished rug. Skilled workers cut the excess yarn from the knots, following which the dhurrie is thoroughly washed, and stretched on a frame to give it the perfect rectangular shape. Fringes on the two opposite sides of the dhurrie are tied together to form beautiful tassels. If a customer requests for a dhurrie without the tassels, the fringes are cut and the the sides are folded and hand-stitched by a skilled artisan. In a wool dhurrie, the extraneous fibres are singed with flame before washing, thus reducing the fibre shedding during the early days of the usage of the rug.
Making of Gond Art
Folklores - Abstract Concepts - Dots & Dashes - Vivid Colors
Every piece of Gond Art has a story behind it. It owes its origins to the folklore of the Gond tribe. Subject matter includes myths, folklores, abstract concepts like emotions and dreams, and images of daily life. Gond artists use lines, dots and dashes in a way that they convey a sense of movement to the still images. Colours are vivid, reflecting the beauty of nature. According to their belief system, everything, be it hill, river, rock or tree, is inhabited by a spirit and is sacred. Gond paintings are a form of respect and a reflection of man’s close connection with nature.