Manbhari, 45, woodworker.

She’s dressed beautifully. “My bangles show I’m married. They’re part of the nine symbols of marriage. You’ll see them on any married woman here who honours the traditions.”

 

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“Here, I work with friends. We’re a community that teaches as well as practising our craft. There are a good number of jobs so we never feel threatened. New people are welcomed. I started here four years ago, working on very simple tasks. Now I can sand and finish. I’ve started to do more lacquer work too.”

 

Manbhari works on our modern country and French designs, like the Aimee bedside tables.

 

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