Laxmi is a 37-year-old weaver hailing from Kishanpura, Rajasthan. Since she did not study much, her parents introduced her to weaving at an early age of 15. She used to roam around in her village and learn from people every day. She has two daughters Manisha (19) and Nirmala (21) who go to college. Her husband is a daily wage earner which makes weaving as their consistent source of income to run the house. Moreover, Laxmi is someone who resides in a small village but her thoughts surpass those living in metropolitan cities. She clearly understands the importance of educating her daughters and loves to sit back and talk to them about their studies. She even encourages them to aspire for a government job. In addition to that, her daughters have also learnt the art of weaving so they have something to fall back to. She says, “I will only marry them off once they have completed their studies.”
Badal‘Badal’ which means cloud is how Laxmi describes her rug. During the time they decided to weave this Manchaha, it started raining. The weather was cool and breezy. She along with her daughters weaved a white cloud on the top of the rug. They painted a picture to show how the water flows while it rains. It starts dripping in through the mountains to plants and ultimately into the soil making the surroundings look even more serene. She has wisely used colors including yellow, red, white, chocolate brown in such a manner that each color beautifies the one adjacent to it. Moreover, she tried to sustainably utilise the limited colored yarn that she had to make drops from the cloud in different colors while using the surplus colored yarn to weave mountains. Laxmi has been weaving Manchahas for two years now. Every time she puts in her heart and soul together to deliver something different yet unique.