The woman with an innocent smile tying knots to all her thoughts is Santosh, a 25-year-old artisan from Aspura, Rajasthan. Her relationship with art and her son Kiyan shows her compassionate and giving nature. Santosh spent her entire childhood with her grandparents as her parents migrated for their income and livelihood. The traditional and cultural stories are well weaved in each of her rugs. Even though she grew up in a village, she seems to have a city girl within her as she loves pasta and is still fearful of animals. Blushing, she shares, “I love my husband the most. He teaches me everything I don’t know. I never want him to go.”
Saas-bahu‘Saas-bahu’ means mother and daughter in-law, a common term used to describe the bond they share. Sanjana, Santosh’s mother in-law started off this carpet, really taking the opportunity to show her daughter in-law that she is an ace at art. As the design opens up, they both start weaving side by side, doing their own design that somewhere merges in the middle. They both kept from copying each other, trying to stay unique, giving a blend of childish playfulness, and merged together in the end. This playful, raw design is a celebration of the bond between a mother, and a daughter that found home.