Surji from Manoharpura, Rajasthan is a mother of six children; four daughters and two sons. She is 43 years old and has been weaving rugs for more than 25 years now. She enjoys weaving and wants to work only on Manchahas. She feels that Manchaha is an escape from the harsh realities of life and is a means to unleash the creative potential that women weavers of her village carry.
Meri SareeIn this Manchaha, Surji reminisces over her favourite Saree. ‘Meri Sari’ means my saree, and she recalls it with love. While her eldest daughter’s wedding was being arranged, she asked her, “What do you want as a wedding gift?”, and her daughter replied, “Your traditional saree with the leheriyas and the thick borders with the boxes inside it.” There was not even a moment’s hesitation in taking out her favourite saree for her daughter, and she expresses how a mother’s love is beyond any material object. “I really loved that saree, and I’m so happy my daughter loved it too. The way I was reminded that love for family is more than objects, my rug will bring in love for family into the home.”