Aarti (25), Mintu (20) and Kamli (45) are three weavers hailing from Kala Ka Bass, Rajasthan. Mintu is Aarti’s sister-in-law while Kamli is their neighbour. It has been a long period of 30 years since Kamli was introduced to the art of weaving. While Aarti and Mintu are fairly new to it with an experience of six and three years respectively. Their rug symbolises how maturity and learning can go hand in hand to weave a complex design with a soft texture. Recently, Arti gave birth to a baby and is still figuring out the right name for him while Mintu is studying. Hence, the rug is a perfect blend of three different flavours including rawness, experience and motherhood weaved knot by knot into a Manchaha.
Bin Chakke ki Gaadi‘Bin Chakke ki Gaadi’ which means a car without wheels is how the weavers describe their Manchaha. Aarti and Mintu bought many toys for the newly born baby but there is a special toy which he is really attached to. A small girl from their neighbourhood, who used to come and play with him, used leftovers from cardboard and wooden sticks to make this toy for the baby. Towards the centre of the rug, you will find this car without wheels. The baby is so connected to it that he even stops crying once he gets hold of it. The beauty of this attachment is weaved into the Manchaha. When Arti and Mintu got an order of weaving a circular rug they thought that the shape of the rug would already act as a wheel to their ‘bin chakke ki gaadi’. Moreover, other toys that the baby has like blocks, balls, bells, cubes and trapezium occupy the periphery of the rug.