Indira is a 40-year-old weaver from Ajeetgarh, Rajasthan. It has almost been 25 years since she started weaving. She shyly says, “My husband taught me how to weave just after marriage.” Being very young, she was not ready to get married which led to a huge communication gap between the couple. Eventually, her husband started teaching her to tie knots with lots of effort and love and the rug became a medium of communication. The relationship started evolving and so did her weaving. She is a mother of three daughters and two sons.
Chai ka Pyala‘Chai ka Pyala’ which means a cup of tea is how Indira describes her rug. She is a chai lover and can even consume 10 cups of tea in a day. In the middle of the rug lies her happiness. You will find cups of tea which are bigger than usual as she wishes that tea in her cup should never get over. Towards the top of the rug, she has woven designs of pots from her neighbour’s house which she aspires to own. While the bottom of her Manchaha has designs from her gate in which she invested a lot of her hard-earned money. Initially, when weaving a Manchaha came to her as an option she was angry about it. Since, it required a lot of brain work but she had never had a chance to attend school during her childhood so that hampered her creativity. She preferred mechanical work of cutting and tying strands rather than doing something innovative. However, once she started weaving Manchahas, she realised it was fun. Now, she loves to reflect back on her thoughts and weave designs out of it. This being her fourth Manchaha is an experiment where designers designed while she has used her imagination to fit in the right colours.