Around 25 kilometres from the town of Jodhpur, is Pukhraj Prajapatji’s home. He lives here with his wife, three sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. The great big joint family lives in this traditional Marwari home, where you are always welcomed with open arms to sit on a ‘charpaai’ and discuss the village gossip with a hot cup of chai!
The entire family is involved in ‘Durry’ making. The house is filled with colourful mats and rugs made by them, which they sell not just in India, but also ship internationally.
The intricate art of handmade durry making may be slowly losing its sheen in our fast-paced world, but for families like these, it is their passion and pride. The next time you spot one, do consider buying it!
Mamta is the ‘badi bahu’ or eldest daughter-in-law of the Prajapat household. In a traditional family like this one, this means that Mamta is the caretaker of the home and her husband is in charge of business and family matters.
Mamta, like many of the girls in this part of the country, married really young, and has been taking care of the house and her children since then. While she does sometimes bemoan the restricted, conservative way of life, she is quick to clarify that she would not trade this life for anything in the world.
The Prajapat live what we city folk deem an ideal life. A few feet away from their home, is their personal farm. Here they grow seasonal fruits, vegetables and grains. Most of the produce is used by the family in their cooking, and the surplus is divided amongst neighbours.
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