Santosh is a 28-year-old weaver from Thikariya, Rajasthan. She is a mother of three children, one daughter and two sons, who attend school. Her husband is a farmer and spends his day working hard in the fields. Despite being busy, the family is closely knit as they share a nice little routine at home. They have their meals together and discuss various topics from the pond in the village to their neighbour’s toy. Santosh likes this routine because it makes her feel that she has a sense of purpose being an active member of the home, unlike many of the women nearby.
Soch‘Soch’ which translates to thinking is how Santosh describes her rug. She says, “For the first time I had to think so much.” In her Manchaha, she wanted to put all her experiences and has therefore invested so much time and effort in thinking about everything in the rug. She weaved pillars which she had seen sometime earlier while going to a temple 20 km away from her village. She even played around with geometry and incorporated arrows, flowers, lines and more in different sections of the rug. While weaving this Manchaha, she was trying to put thoughts into everything she saw. She watched everything but with a lot of consciousness. Earlier, she just used to glance at things but this time she observed everything in great detail. She believes that Manchaha brings out deep observation along with new perspectives. It enables a weaver to think with a different viewpoint. The journey changes from weaving without thought to thought in every action.