Bugali, a young weaver, started weaving in order to support her family. Her father and 3 brothers work as daily wage earners in the village and mother is a weaver. Belonging to a financially deprived family, Bugali couldn’t continue her education despite wanting to. Now with Jaipur Rug’s alternate education program she is able to pursue education along with other women of her village, getting empowered with every passing day.
Weaver designer Bugali was determined to make a detailed and intricate pattern on her rug. She confesses that as the rug progressed she was unhappy with the pattern and thought that it wasn’t appealing. She approached the grassroot leader from her village, Prem, and shared her apprehensions. Prem inspired Bugali to use two-ply yarn of mixed colors and then play with varied motifs. Gaining her lost confidence, Bugali knotted shapes inspired by shakkarpara (common breakfast snack) and boxes. Her mother also helped her weave a few inches on the rug. Once complete, she loved her rug and laughed at herself for being nervous even though she had designed many rugs in the past. Bugali chose various shades of color green as they remind her of the freshness of grass. She calls her rug ‘Hariyali’ which is a Hindi word for greenery.
To the owner of the rug To the owner of the rug, “Each time you walk on this rug, may you feel underfeet, the fresh dew drops that are found on grass-fields early in the morning”