Lada Devi is a 40-year-old weaver from Juniya, Rajasthan. She being the youngest of her seven siblings has been pampered a lot since childhood and that is the reason she is named so, as ‘laad’ means affection. Weaving became a part of her life when she learnt it with a few other women at a government centre. As she fears to step outside alone, she took weaving this Manchaha as an opportunity to express her freedom through the rug. On being asked what she wants to be in life, she says “I want to be a woman as animals can be sabotaged, trees can be chopped off but humans have a say in what they wish to do.” Therefore, thi
Rangeen Payal‘Rangeen Payal’ which translates to colourful anklet is how Lada describes her rug. The inspiration comes from her earnest desire to replace the kada that adorns her feet with a bright-coloured anklet. She has even named her youngest daughter Payal. Leaving some fringes at the bottom, she has moved on to weave flowers, petals, folded hands and pixels switching from one colour to another in different sections of the rug. It grabs your attention because of the proper balance of shades of blue, orange and white. Her Manchaha paints a contrast using a harmonious spectrum of light and dark colours which is pleasurable to witness.