Manoj is 32 year old weaver from Madhogarh, Rajasthan. He learned the art of weaving as a happy coincidence, from his in-laws when he spent time there. He has been weaving for 6 years now, and only got this far because of sheer enjoyment. He is blessed with two children, and he would like to share with them the beauty of it when they come of age.
Meri Pichkari It was Holi, the festival of colour, when Manoj started weaving this Manchaha. Holi has been his favourite festival for as long as he remembers, but due to the pandemic he was unable to celebrate. He started weaving, putting all his whims of colour, enjoyment and life with crazy wave patterns into the carpet. “This Holi, I played colours with my carpet”, he says. His elder son called the carpet Meri Pichkari, which means my watergun, a toy used to throw coloured water during the festival. That is when Manoj realized, that this was the best Holi he ever played. He adds “It’s not a carpet, but a festival. Wherever it goes, it will fill with colour.”