Sunita is a 32-year-old weaver from Para, Rajasthan. She is the sole breadwinner of her house and single-handedly takes care of three children as her husband passed away around 10 years ago. Since he passed while she was still a young bride, she was asked to return to her maternal home, but decided to stay as she loved her husband dearly and believes her commitment to him is for the rest of her life. She is happily sustaining her family and over time she has developed the courage to tackle any situation. When it comes to weaving, initially she was scared to weave because she was worried that even if one knot goes wrong then she will have to pull off all the threads and start from scratch. However, she got the hang of it and can now tie knots of different colours with ease.
Choti-MotiChoti-Moti which translates to small and fat is how Sunita describes her rug as it is a combination of small and fat designs in shades of blue and grey all across. This being her first Manchaha, she was extremely nervous to experiment so she started incorporating smaller designs such as squares, triangles and zig-zag lines. She was scared to weave a big design wondering if it would turn out to be disastrous. Only when she was half way through, she found it difficult to keep up to the small patterns and started weaving fat shakarparas with small flowers inside. She smiles and says, “Big happiness lies in small things.”