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Freedom Manchaha

Handwoven carpets of hope

An initiative for livelihood, creativity and positive healing in Rajasthan prisons.

Freedom Manchaha

Manchaha, a hindi word popular in Rajasthan’s weaving community, means “expression of my heart”. Freedom Manchaha is a sustainable initiative where long-term prisoners of Jaipur, Bikaner & Dausa Jail get to design their own rug spontaneously on the loom. A section of society set-up for failure are transformed through income and self-expression to heal and spark change in their lives. Each rug in the collection is a masterpiece of design inspiration and is made of 222,184 individual knots in every square meter using hand-spun leftover yarn in carpet production which cannot be used afresh.
Jaipur Central Jail | Jaipur Open Jail | Bikaner Central Jail | Dausa Central Jail

Creatively expressing themselves while learning a new skill, inmates rejoice to find a new meaning of life and freedom in their trapped physical spaces.

While learning to weave, inmates are encouraged to showcase their unexpressed creativity. Exploring colour through wool and bamboo silk, they learn to make knots and build their own color rhythms into carpets.

Empowerment to a discriminated rural India, empowerment to prisoners, sustaining the dying art of hand-knotting through passion, sustainable development all woven together into one-of-a-kind rug designs that can connect hearts world over.

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