Shanti is a 35-year-old weaver from Khora, Rajasthan. With 20 years weaving experience she is known as an ace weaver in the community. Just one glance at her designs and she can make her thread move like a magical paint brush. Both her need and curiosity made her learn this art from her neighbourhood. Attending satsang (a spiritual music concert) added music to her life and weaving. She also makes flour and spices to run her house, and her four children support her with their best. All her designs are so perfect that you will feel it’s not a rug, but a painting.
Mera Peepal‘Mera Peepal’ which refers to a peepal tree in her village. She beautifully compares the Peepal tree with her art. Just like the tree grows on its own and provides shade and protection similarly, her love for weaving grew on its own providing her livelihood. She can weave effortlessly and that’s where her inspiration of the rug comes from. Adjacent to the tree is a Shiv temple which she religiously visits every Monday to express her sorrows as well as her joys. The place feels like home to her. She has woven leaves of the tree into rug along with peacocks who dance around it. Just behind the temple, there is a datura tree– a night flowering tree that bleeds milk. She tried to weave that as well, “Even though it’s poisonous but it’s part of the environment and completes it,” she says. Shanti has a trademark pattern which she calls ‘dhari-dhari’, a line like pattern, that she uses in many of her Manchahas.