Shanti is a 35 year old weaver from Khora, Rajasthan. She has 2 daughters and 2 sons in school, and her husband is a farmer spending his days in the fields. They have a nice little routine at home, where everyone starts their working day together and ends it together, and the rest of the evening is family time. She likes this routine because it makes her feel she has a sense of purpose being an active member of the home, unlike many of the women that stay nearby.
GamlaAt a nearby loom, Shanti’s children had seen a vase being woven into the carpet. They were so intrigued that all the pots and utensils at home were used as ‘Gamla’, which means vase, by putting mud and local wild flowers into everything. This carpet depicts her childrens’ innocent creativity and the irony she feels in celebrating it. The colourful patterns are the flowers sprinkled on the floor and the thin lines are how close she felt to being angry with them. Shanti shares, “The love any mother has for children will always be more than the mischief they do, this carpet to me is a mother’s love.”