A 38 years-old weaver from Med, Rajasthan who has been weaving for the last 15 years, Anjana inherited the skill from her chhoti nani, her grandmother’s sister. She believes she's lucky because she has a husband and extended family that supports her work fully, yet a lot of people don't believe she's capable of such beautiful rugs without a design map. With 3 kids; 2 daughters and a son, Anjana weaves to provide them with the best possible education and life, something she never had. She has 19 years-old daughter Divya who people consider a copy of Anajna in personality traits. She is fluent with the poems of Kabir and recites them to Anjana. Divya took a break from university to weave this rug with her mother. Anjana’s husband is a builder and is known around the village for his skills in building beautiful, strong homes
JaddThe name of the rug, ‘Jadd’, which means ‘roots’ is derived from the most distinguished design on it- the tree and its roots. Anjana loves gardening, but she doesn’t have much space in the house. Since her husband does a lot of construction, he keeps doing something or the other to fill up the space and she doesn’t have space to keep plants as much as she’d like. So, she has woven a tree in the rug and more distinctly, its roots too. She constantly transplants young plants and even splits the root to multiply the plant, so she’s very connected to the root of the plant. She’s woven in a house in the rug and next to it is a tree with roots – playing on the fact that she can’t grow a tree in her house. She is pained when she moves a plant and doesn’t want to move its roots, so she’s woven in strong roots in her rug with that desire. “If the roots stay, it has the capacity to grow tall, and even create a new plant. It spreads love on its own,” says the thoughtful artist. Her name is also woven in Hindi while Divya’s is woven in English.