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Murji Hamir Vankar
Weaving, 2008

Bhujodi
Ta. Bhuj

+91 99788 70390
vankar.murji@gmail.com

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Muriibhai is a weaver from Bhujodi. His father, the late Hamirbhai, believed that weaving’s importance is second only to food and water, and contributed significantly to the welfare of weavers through the Bhujodi Weavers’ Cooperative. Murjibhai learned weaving from his father and brother at an early age.

After his father’s death, he struggled to survive as a crafts person. He went to work for a local industry, but lasted there for only two days. He took a loan of RS 30,000 to continue his craft, worked intelligently, and today is an independent artisan, selling his products through exhibitions and shops.

Murjibhai knows that to live as an independent artisan, struggle is inevitable.

To better meet contemporary markets, in 2008, Murjibhai studied at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya. He graduated with the award for Most Marketable Collection.

After graduating, Murjibhai continued to explore marketable weaving. He used tint and shade exercises from his first class to create ever popular shawls and stoles. He found inspiration from beads in the local market.

In 2012, Murjibhai had the opportunity to travel to Scotland twice, as a participant in the Scottish ReSide program, sponsored by Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles and Design (HWU), Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.

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"Our craft is our identity. We weavers have to live by our craft. But he knows that to live as an independent artisan, struggle is inevitable."

Murjibhai, 2008