Sisters Sunita and Pooja are 30 and 26 year-old with 15 and 10 years of experience in weaving, respectively. They hail from the village of Samarthpura, Rajasthan. They started their journey with Jaipur Rugs when they began looking for work after marriage, around 6 years ago. They have 2 children each—Sunita has 2 daughters and Poonam has a son and has adopted Sunita’s 3rd daughter. For them, weaving is a family tradition that has provided the opportunity to change their lives, and they plan to pass the skill to their children. They are married in the same house to carpenters and are often inspired by the designs used by their husbands in furniture-making.
Meri DevraniEven though Pooja and Sunita are sisters, while weaving this rug the elder sister Pooja felt more like a sister in-law and not a sister because she used to be very protective and scold Sunita. In the rug, the abrupt changes in the design are owing to Pooja’s reprimands to change the design. The rug is telling of their memories of childhood, the fields, the forest, and collecting wood together. At the first glance, the rug appears to be pre-planned and designed, but it is instead a result of spontaneity and a precious sisterly bond.