Prem is a 35 year old weaver from Bamrada, Rajasthan and she has been weaving for the last 15 years. She learned the art of weaving from her uncle and aunt, spending time with them when she visited her hometown. She used to find seasonal work on the nearby farms or in construction, and was keen on finding something that keeps her busy through the year, and keeps her home with her family. That visit to her hometown sparked the idea of weaving and it changed her life, as it was exactly the kind of freedom she wanted. The money she earns from weaving not only allows her to pay for the education of her four children, but allows her to buy nicer ingredients to make the food her husband loves!
Aapki Khushi‘Aapki Khushi’ means your happiness, and it is how her husband informed her that the next batch of yarn came in, and it was for a Manchaha. She had woven one Manchaha before and was so keen on starting the next, powering through her other carpets in the hopes of the next one to be of her own design. Her happiness arrived, and you can see the happiest version of Prem shining through this carpet that even the surrounding area will brighten up. In this rug, Prem expresses her dream of a new home; small triangles for the windows, uneven patterns to show how the walls are made with rocks, and the zig-zag lines show her setting up a loom there too. “Each carpet I weave brings me closer to a new home, a home I have worked hard for, and I got to dream about it in this Manchaha.” She dedicates her carpet to those who are working hard toward their dreams, and maybe they can fulfill each other’s dreams through her rug.