A young 25 years-old weaver from Tevdi, Rajasthan, Rajani started weaving after her marriage 5 years ago as everyone in her village was weaving too. She was persistent in asking her Quality Supervisor to assign her a Manchaha and was very excited by the prospect of creating art completely of her own. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and loves Hindi, History and Public administration as subjects. She enjoys talking about Public administration- how people behave, how they should behave, what they should do, how the system should be, etc. She loves to listen and hum to new songs. She is a mother to two young children, Kavya, 5, and Neeraj, 2.
DamruHer first manchaha is dedicated to Lord Shiva and named after his instrument, ‘Damru’. On the right of the rug, she has woven in a Babool tree as a reminder of where she used to go and spend time with herself after she got married. The tree was her companion, she used to share her secrets with the tree. However, the tree was eventually cut down and she had no place to go and spend some alone time. Then, she started going to the Shiv temple in her village and enjoying the sound of the handheld drum-like instrument Damru. This rug captures the essence of that instrument. One can feel a vibration in the rug–just like the beat of the instrument, the colours and patterns also elevate and demote.