Not a weaver all her life, 28 year old Maya started to learn how to weave after her marriage. Working as a laborer before, Maya was supported and motivated by her husband to become a weaver since this offered them dual income along with respect and recognition for the work. A happy weaver for 5 years now, Maya lives in Itawa with her husband, in-laws and 2 children. Her husband does stitching and her children go to school. Maya is not only a great weaver but also a perfect home-maker.
When Maya started weaving her rug, she took inspiration from Shakkarpara, a popular snack in the villages, a common source of inspiration for many weavers, which is seen through the diamond shaped patterns at the bottom of the rug. Soon she realized that she wanted to create something unique, something which she hasn’t seen other weavers do. She decided to make horizontal designs where the lines merge and emerge to form a distinctive stripe like pattern. Weaving small boxes within the stripes, she gave a textured look to her rug and enhanced the design by using colours of contrast. She names her rug Khushi, which means happiness, because that is what she felt while weaving the design of her own, where she could pick the colours of her own choice. To bring symmetry in her design, she chose to repeat the design of Shakkarpara at the top of the rug too.
To the owner of this rug “I have woven this rug with love and happiness for you.”