Mahaveer is a 50-year-old weaver from Kekri, Rajasthan. He learned the art of weaving by spending time with his parents when he was very young as he could not attend school. When he grew older, he continued weaving with even more detail and effort. However, it put his eyes under a lot of strain and he eventually struggled to see and weave accurately. Following maps was a challenge as they have a lot of intricate details involved. This killed his spirit and passion for weaving. When he learned about looms being set up in nearby homes for the Manchaha initiative, he got interested. It took away his fear of making mistakes and allowed his confidence to grow immensely to bring out beautiful designs. Despite having little vision, he never wanted to be a burden on his family and that’s what kept him going. His wife, Manni, works as a daily wage earner and he tries to keep her happy by keeping the house clean and spending time with his kid.
Saaf-SaafSaaf-Saaf which translates to clean-clean is how Mahaveer describes his rug. Due to advancement of science and technology, he finally got his vision back. It was after a long time, he tried to weave clear designs which he was unable to earlier. Just like he has a clear vision towards life, family and purpose, he even wanted his rug to have that clarity. It should shine with each of its knots being identical to the other. The rug has small designs like plants, waves, ovals and is painted in shades of blue, grey with some traces of orange.