Manju is a 22-year-old weaver from Kala Ka Bass, Rajasthan, who along with her sister-in-law Rajni (25) weaved this carpet. It has almost been 10 years since they learned how to weave. Their neighbour, Savitri (24) is a beginner so she joined hands with them to understand the process better. Moreover, Manju and Rajni are poles apart when it comes to their personalities. Rajni is extremely outspoken and confident while Manju is mostly silent. She listens more often but seldom reacts. She avoids talking in case there is something that she does not like about the person or a conversation.
Hasthkala‘Hasthkala’ which translates to hand work is how the two weavers describe their rug. The inspiration to weave this design came from their brother who helped them out by showing them various handicraft designs on his phone. Rajni and Manju had been facing a turmoil in their relationship when they first started weaving. Their anger is visible towards the bottom of the rug. You will notice that the v-shaped structures and diagonals on the left and right are not in harmony. Later on, their anger got washed away as their brother bridged the gap by inspiring them with the designs, he studied in his craft classes. They peeped into his phone and tried weaving similar patterns into the rug. Meanwhile, their relationship started evolving and so did their Manchaha. They even invited each other’s guidance to tie knots on the rug.