Manju is a 35 years-old weaver from Kanwat, Rajasthan and she has a glorious 15 years of experience in the craft. She has not only learnt weaving from sister-in-law but also calls herself a proud student in rug making and is proficient and fluent in her techniques and knowledge. She is a mother to three sons, Sunil, Anil, Nikhil. Her husband used to work at a shoe maker but, with Manju’s constant support, he started his own shoe-making shop. Manju took on the responsibility of making a Manchaha with full zeal as it inspired her to learn more.
English RangThe rug is playfully named ‘English Rang’ which means ‘English colours’ because according to Manju, with the advent of contemporary design in rug making, traditional colours like deep red, maroon, and golden have been replaced by a largely mute and contemporary palette. According to her, it caters to an international audience, and hence the name ‘English Rang’ which she used as a code for the colours used in her rug. Her rug is a fine balance between tradition and modern design as the pale palette lends a contemporary edge to the traditional motifs that our weavers are best acquainted with.