Rakesh and Mukhesh are from Dausa, Rajasthan. They are weavers with the prisoners’ rehabilitation project. They picked up weaving by intently watching the other more experienced weavers in the program and prefer pattern designs. They started participating in the program to learn something new, and wanted that new skill to differentiate them from others. They are calm, simple-minded, and observant.
Jail Ke RaasteinThe map of this Manchaha, named ‘Jail ke Raastein’ which means ‘the pathways of jail’, is a design translation of the path Rakesh and Mukesh cover from their cells to the weaving workshop. In the prison, they have to cross a brown pathway that has tall walls on both sides. They imagined that while the road is barren and brown, the outside would be green and lush. The bluish-green shade in the rug is inspired by the vibrant hues of the peacocks they see crossing over as a signifier of the great outdoors outside the walls.