Lada Devi is a 40-year-old weaver from Juniya, Rajasthan. She being the youngest of her seven siblings has been pampered a lot since childhood and that is the reason she is named so. Weaving became a part of her life when she learnt it with a few other women at a government centre. As she fears to step outside alone, she took weaving this Manchaha as an opportunity to express her freedom through the rug. On being asked what she wants to be in life, she says “I want to be a woman as animals can be sabotaged, trees can be chopped off but humans have a say in what they wish to do.” Therefore, this human element which allows her to express forms the basis of her love towards Manchaha.
Neeli Ghanti‘Neeli Ghanti’ which translates to blue bell is how Lada describes her rug. As a morning ritual, she visits Balaji temple kilometres away from her house to revive herself. She rings the bell to seek relief from whatever conflicts she is undergoing in her life and that’s the memory she carries on her way back home. For her, the bell has always been a symbol of relief, relaxation and silence. Even when it comes to her weaving, she wanted it to be in a cycle of relaxation, breathing and again back to weaving. Therefore, she tried hiding the bell in her rug as well. The temple has a tomb but no walls. When she steps into it, she can actually feel the blue sky right over her head and the greens surrounding her. Using the same colour tones, she has weaved her Manchaha keeping it close to nature.