A 'rafoogar baithak' brings the centuries-old craft of darning to the forefront
Within a spartan room populated with mattresses covered in white cloth, a bookshelf and a couple of playful geckos, Nadeem Anver, a rafoogar, is poring over a map of Najibabad. This city in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district has been the hub of rafoogari —the traditional art of darning—for centuries. Anver, 35, who represents the 16th generation of rafoogars from the city, is a picture of concentration, his mind registering the contours of the map. Minutes later, Anver and fellow rafoogar, Shariq Khan, 35, start reconstructing the map on fabric using their trademark darning technique.
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