Shakuntala from Mallana, Rajasthan is a weaver with 10 years of experience. She is very connected to her family and is a shy person, finding it difficult to share her thoughts. She is passionate about weaving and tries all the different styles of it, by what she’s learned and trying out what she observes from others. She also is very curious, always asking about people’s perspective on their style of weaving and also getting feedback on hers. This curiosity is no indication of lack of confidence, but rather her innate ability to find creative solutions and methods.
Ek naya nadiShakuntala started her first Manchaha as a nervous wreck. At the top of the carpet you can see her hesitation to be free with her design, but she pushed through and started with patterns she was familiar with. After the first few days, she slowly started breaking through that wall and started freely expressing herself. She wasn’t sure what the outcome would be, but it was flowing through her. You can see the design pattern break resistance and become larger as it trickles down, almost like water breaks through new ground to slowly form a river. ‘Ek naya nadi’ means a new river, to describe the breaking of new ground on earthy colours, and on to new destinations.