Manju & Sumitra from Kekri, Rajasthan have decades under their belt for weaving. Manju has been weaving for 30 years, and Sumitra 20, as Sumitra learned the art from a government training program to learn a new skill. They spend most of their days together, at the loom or looking after each other like sisters, and they both have 2 daughters and a son! They aspire their children to find their own passion for their lives, just like weaving was theirs.
Do hanso ka joda‘Do hanso ka joda’, meaning a pair of swans, is a quirky name by Manju to show the love she has for her sister, Sumitra. This Manchaha has rows of many patterns, on calming tones. The patterns include little boxes, shakkarpada (a traditional sweet), different wave patterns and various styles of flora. The rug becomes an artistic representation of them – as swans, wading through a lake. You see the calming tones of the river, the ripples of waves formed, the reflection of the flora on the banks and the traditional designs from their clothing.