Filled with positivity, hopes and spirituality, Mamta is 30 years old and resides in Kekri village in Rajasthan. She has been weaving rugs for the past ten years and takes pride in being an artisan. She is a very beloved member of her family and is very special to both her brothers who respect her for her skills and art. “I love weaving, it makes me feel independent. When I was 10 years old, I used to replicate my mother and that is how I got to learn this art so quickly”, she says with a smile. She is a mother to three kids, Sandeep, Bhavna, and Kanhaiya. Mamta is a devotee of Lord Krishna and became a spiritual person after being influenced by the other weavers at the loom.
ChunriBefore working on her first manchaha, Mamta started to take the advice of older, more experienced weavers in her village to understand what should be woven. But she later realised that she will eventually have to look for inspiration on her own as the rug is very big and will require a lot of thought. It is named ‘chunri’ which is the dupatta or the piece of cloth she wears over her skirt and blouse. She has woven the designs from the many chunris she owns to make the rug look visually arresting. The colour palette is consistent in using only shades of blue and brown even though the designs are myriad.