Sampati is a 30-year-old weaver from Fatehpura, Rajasthan. She learned to weave from her sister, Sharda, who now lives in Jaipur. Everytime Sharda sees any elements worth capturing in the city, she shares those pictures with Sampati. Therefore, she weaves many modern elements in her rug as these sisters chat all the time. Earlier, she used to make moccasins and her parents used to incorporate embroidery into it. Even now, she takes inspiration from them to design her rugs. Moreover, she is a mother of four sons and has always craved for a daughter. Her husband is a daily wage earner involved in cement work at construction sites.
Pasand‘Pasand’ which translates to liking is how Sampati describes her rug. She was very excited as this was the first ever Manchaha she made. Therefore, she was allowed to make mistakes and experiment as much as she can. Weaving this carpet gave her a sense of freedom. She was fearless and that gave way to her creative expression. She says, “I got to feel free for the very first time in my life.” Blue being her favourite color, she was glad that she got to choose it as the base. In the rug, she has woven everything that she has a liking for: petals, leaves, paan leaves, apples and ‘sev bhujia’. Sampati has wisely picked the color combination, bottom being dark blue and then the next section in lighter shade of blue. She has even added a few elements in white and yellow to make her Manchaha look visually appealing.