Shanti 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.
Ghumavat‘‘Ghumavat’ which translates to an abstract pattern running across the rug as per her will. She has not tried to weave any structures, blocks or boxes instead just took it for a ride. She allowed herself to loosen up and experiment with her weaving by making round and round patterns throughout. The patterns that you see don’t implicate any structure or a substance. She wanted to make a shape that she can call her own and named it ‘Ghumavat’. There is a ‘shakkarpada’, a sweet, woven in the corner of the rug which she tries to hide and put in every rug. She begins each rug with this sweet as she feels that it is a necessary element, being a good luck charm, for all her rugs.