Santara Devi from Samarthpura, Rajasthan is 33 years old and has two young adult children aged 17 and 18. She’s been weaving for 20 years, with the last 15 with Jaipur Rugs. She loves weaving because it provides her with income and a hobby that helps her pass the time. Her favorite part of the job, however, is when visitors from abroad come to see the work she’s doing. She hopes to continue to make AO rugs and welcomes any and all people to come see her work
Unlike most of the Artisan Original weavers, Santara Devi has an affinity for classic designs and modern hues. After all, she’s been looking at mapped designs for a very long time, and it’s for this reason that her first ever AO rug is inspired by a traditional motif. She loves dark shades so she only used blacks, grays, and hints of dark greens and blues. Even for a first time AO rug,, she was able to combine different shades of the same color to create something that stands out, a testament to the imagination and experience she’s built over her long career. She placed a lot emphasis on her favorite part of nature, flowers. There are multiple varieties of them, but her biggest personal touch was the addition of subtle hearts all over symbolizing how much of herself she put into this labor of love that took her 2 months to finish, working 8AM-6PM six days a week.