Rukmani from Kishanpura Rajasthan is 35 years old and has been practicing the art of weaving rugs from the past 15 years. She was motivated to learn so that she can help her family. Her mother was her teacher to the art and her inspiration to work on something on her own. Rukmani’s art can be easily experienced in the vibe of every knot she weaves. It’s been nine years since she lost her hearing but that didn’t stop her. In fact, it led her to an increased capacity to feel. She wanted her husband to spend time with her at home and eventually convinced him to learn from her, and now they both weave together every day.
5 Kingdoms‘5 Kingdoms’ is the name that Rukmani gave her rug. It covers the kingdoms of biology including flora, fauna, habitats and living structures. Her daughter, Neeru is the first girl in the entire village to attend college regularly with her course being BSC Honours in Biology. This Manchaha clearly depicts how Neeru explains her love for biology to her mother. In addition to that, there is a 6th kingdom which Rukmani has woven. “It shows how types of people and societies interact and live together,” she says. This Manchaha talks more about science and simultaneously brings out a mother-daughter communication. It bridges the gap by showing how an educated girl explains things to her uneducated mother and it is beautifully woven into a rug. The rug has been thought through and given clear divisions. It has a life of its own with elements like flowers, petals, water, waves and much more.