Pukhraj Durry Udyog in JodhpurThe traditional craft of weaving colorful rugs is a significant part of the heritage of Jodhpur. This vestige of the past is well-preserved even today at the Pukhraj Durry Udyog or rug manufacturing unit situated just twenty three kilometers from Jodhpur town.
The durry unit had been established almost one hundred years ago. It functioned as a cooperative unit at a time when such an enterprise was very rare and merely at an experimental stage. Its success can be assessed from the fact that the unit is working successfully even a century after is inception. It has been providing and is continuing to provide sustainable livelihoods to about fifty families dwelling in one village.
The cooperative society is currently being headed by the father and son duo of Pukhraj Prajapat and Chottaram Prajapat. The rug weavers at the cooperative work on the 150 looms. Several of these looms are of archaic construction and several years old. The cooperative society has been registered as a small scale manufacturing unit where floor coverings and rugs are handcrafted. The unit has been manufacturing hand woven rugs for hundreds of years and each piece has been known to bears the guarantee of satisfaction.
The earliest durrys were made from hand-spun cotton thread which was dyed locally using colourful vegetable dyes like ochre, chrome, indigo and henna green. Recently more vivid synthetic colours and dyes have begun to be used. The rugs are usually made in cotton and even silken fibres. These rugs have been recognized to be easy to use and maintain.
The durrys come in a large range of variants. They are available in different sizes, textures, patterns, shapes, designs and hues. The patterns and motifs also range from the very simple single geogmetric ones to intricate, multiple coloured ones. The durrys of the Pukhraj Durry Udyog of Jodhpur have made a name for themselves nationally and internationally. They are reasonably priced and are easily purchased by the domestic and international tourists alike.
The Salawas village, which is located just about twenty kilometers from Jodhpur city, has been the traditional hub of the weavers who have been instrumental in preserving the original art of this beautiful heritage skill. Almost every family and most members even children of these families are adept at weaving. The tremendous contribution of the Pukhraj Durry Udyog is the preservation of this age old craft of hand woven durry making.
The children learn the craft as they watch their parents working on the looms. As the craft is an accepted source of income generation and livelihoods creation almost all members of Salawas village are involved in this enterprise. The Udyog had started, at one time, with only fifty looms but with time it grew to have one hundred and fifty looms.
These rugs are used for a number of purposes like a floor covering, a throw rug, a corridor liner, a bedside runner, a yoga mat, a prayer mat, as an essential part of an outdoor bedding, as a mattress cover and even as a picnic mat. These are light weight, multipurpose rugs that can be used for a number of functions. They are the quintessential multifunctional mats that have a universal appeal for both the modern and the traditional clientele in India as well as abroad.
Easy on the wallet, these durrys are affordable and very popular among young and old, urban and rural, male and female alike.