Mamta is a 23-year-old weaver hailing from Thikariya, Rajasthan. She learnt the art of weaving by sheer observation as none in her family has a background in the same field. Since so many people in the village are involved in weaving, it is easier for her to move around and learn from them. Moreover, Mamta learnt to weave in order to support her family financially as both of her parents are daily wage earners. She could only study till 8th standard as there are no high schools in her village. Moreover, she even could not go to a different place to study further but she feels excited to share that soon she will be getting married. Mamta keeps her hopes high to find time to study even after marriage. She is an extremely talented weaver as she is the one who brings innovation. She says with a smile, “Whenever branch managers have to experiment with style or a different quality, they reach out to me.” She is fearless and weaves like lightning. Her speed is remarkable as she sets benchmarks to complete the rug in half of the average time.
Keri‘Keri’ which translates to raw mango is how Mamta explains the name of her rug. She has woven a route from her home to a mango tree in her village. The tree has raw mangoes on it and is her favourite delight in summers. The route to her home goes through a thin lane which is zig-zag and bendy such that vehicles struggle to reach there. She, therefore, got many suggestions from her weaver friends to weave this route in her Manchaha. Mamta has made use of blue, white, pink zig- zag lines towards the top of the rug to represent it. In addition to that, she tried to reflect her own personality through the rug. Mamta is an extremely sweet person when you speak to her with love but has a little sourness when she’s pushed or forced to talk or do something. She has therefore used small and big pixels towards the bottom of the rug to represent her personality.