Meera is 35 years old and is from Rajmahal, Rajasthan. She loves to sow her own clothes, but she learned how to weave from her village after marriage, so she could get to spend time with her friends while they worked. It was an art she quickly learned to love and has been weaving for the last 8 years now. She is a mother of two daughters and was one of the few that took the Manchaha challenge confidently. She says, “It’s my job to weave carpets. So I don’t need to think. What comes in my mind is what will be perfect for the carpet.”
Rani‘Rani’ means queen, an apt name for Meera’s first Manchaha. She lovingly calls her daughters this name when they are troubled or when they are mischievous. The traditional patterns she used are befitting royalty and while she wove she kept it in her mind that this rug will find its way into a palace. “When we think of kings and queens, it makes everything feel brighter, auspicious. I wanted my carpet to have that effect, which is why I thought of royalty while I wove”, she shares.