The Artisan Process of Dhurries

TIPI Interiors Director Chairs and Deck Chairs

The inaugural furniture collection includes director chairs and deck chairs. Both chairs are made in an ancient workshop of a third generation craftsman business in Jodhpur, India.

Each chair is handmade from Indian Rosewood. A frame can take a talented craftsman around two days to complete and after the fine carpentry work is done, it is ready for its crowning glory – hand-woven cotton dhurrie seats.

IMGP8415 IMGP8406 IMGP8400

In India, a home without a dhurrie is like day without night. Woven on traditional hand looms, these textiles, originally made as floor coverings, are robust yet flexible enough for other uses. The handspun yarn they are made from is dyed with both chemical and natural vegetable dyes, producing long-lasting and vibrant colours that reflect the energy of Jodhpur.

IMGP0103-002 IMGP7164
IMGP8411

The ancient craft of weaving on wooden handlooms is time-consuming yet effective in bringing a textured strength to the yarn. The artisans use panjas, wooden contraptions with iron fingers, like extensions of their own hands, tapping each coloured thread into place to create a durable textile that can be handed down from generation to generation.

cotton

The cotton dhurries, exclusively designed for the TIPI director chairs and deck chairs, take around two and a half days to produce. They are then fitted by hand onto the Indian Rosewood chair frames, forming a wonderful collaboration of artisanal skill and traditional technique.

Click here to shop the ‘Gemstones’ dhurrie rug pictured above.