Tulsi is 40-year-old weaver from Narhet, Rajasthan. She’s been weaving for the past 20 years and learned the art just as a random happenstance. In her neighbourhood, there were many weavers and just by spending time around the village, she picked it up in bits and pieces. She is married into a family where weaving has been a family trade. While learning it from her in-laws and husband, she realised that it is something that comes naturally from within her. She is a mother of three children, two daughters and a son.
Tulsi‘Tulsi’ which translates to Holy Basil is how the weaver describes her rug. Tulsi, by her name, is also the immunity for her home and family members. Whatever problems have come their way, she has proactively protected her family. The way her name is a metaphor to her personality, similarly, she tried to create one between the rug and her name. Tulsi is green, flowery and vibrant – yet quiet. The earthy green colours used in the rug are mild and comforting – just like a tulsi tree. It doesn’t need a lot of attention to grow and is capable of curing pains. Similarly she says, “Wherever this rug goes it will cure pain, it will not need any attention to do that, and it will be around for a very long time.”