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.
Naira‘Naira’ which means newness is how Lada describes her rug. Just six months back, her family was blessed with a baby girl and they named her Naira. As the little girl brought in a breath of fresh air into her life, Lada was all in to experiment with new colours in her Manchaha. She wanted the colour pink to dominate the rug but unfortunately it was not available in bulk. Therefore, towards the middle of the rug you will find traces of pink surrounding grey shakarparas. All over the rug, she has woven diamond shaped structures, arrows and criss-cross patterns in hues of brown. Earlier, she believed more the designs, more is the beauty of the rug. However, with this Manchaha she tried experimenting with designs being repeated in layers and the patterns came out in harmony with each other