Sharda is a 26 years-old weaver hailing from village Karana in Rajasthan. She has been weaving rugs for the past 10 years. She has a very warm and friendly presence and can make anybody feel comfortable before even interacting with them. Sharda is known in her village for being very helpful, even to her fellow weavers as she guides them through both their work and personal issues. She is a mother of two girls and one boy; all of them are school goers. She aspire to see them progressing in life. “I am getting old, how long will I work? Seeing my kids working will be a- dream come true,” she says with hopes and positivity.
Pehli BaarEven though Sharda has made Manchahas before, this time she wanted her daughters to join hands with her and pass on the urge to learn new skills. Named Madhu and Shivani, her daughters are new weavers and hence, their pace is much slower than that of Sharda’s. Sharda admits that every now and then, she was getting a little irritated by their speed. Then she realised that this isn’t about the speed, this is about teaching them and nurturing their skills, something that a Manchaha teaches its weavers through and through. Named ‘Pehli Baar’ which translates to ‘first time’, the rug bears the imprint of their bond getting stronger as they drew the process to its close. Her daughters even picked up pace naturally and their loom was transformed into a place of sharing, talking, bonding, not just work anymore.