Manbhari is a 45-year-old weaver from Narhet, Rajasthan. She has been working for almost 10 years now. However, she has weaved a Manchaha for the very first time and this allowed her to channelize her creativity in the form of a carpet. She has a daughter, Indira, and two sons, Rajesh and Manosh. Apart from weaving, her husband is a daily wage earner and that’s what they do for a living to keep their family together.
Pragati‘Pragati’ which translates to progress is how Manbhari describes her rug. For her first Manchaha she got various colours to use in the carpet which confused her to finalise the apt design. Initially, she started off really simple by weaving flowers and leaves. After a few days when the quality supervisor visited her loom, he suggested her to make a unique design. That was a triggering point and it churned the imaginative wheels of her mind. She started thinking about what would make her carpet look more appealing. Opening the doors to creativity, she started weaving boxes and filled them with different colours to make them appear like a flight of stairs. Only when she was half way through, she realised that the idea of ‘keep moving upward’ was being weaved knot after knot into her rug.