Suman Devi is 38 years old and has been weaving for 13 of them. She has four children; 3 boys and a girl, all in school. Her husband is a daily wage earner making her as much of a breadwinner in the family as he is. She loves weaving because it uses her time productively and helps pay off the loans that her family has taken out.
TirangaSuman Devi chose to name this rug, Tiranga, or “flag” in English. From the top of the rug, it certainly promotes flag-like imagery and because it was handmade with Indian pride, she chose to name it as such. She wanted to keep the background of the rug with dark shades of green-grays and blue-grays to ensure that the many elements she wanted to place on the surface would pop. She starts with the ever-intricate zanjeera patten then progressed to make creepers, flush with leaves in multiple shapes. The top central figure is shakkarpara with a mehendi design embedded within it. The butterfly also plays a central figure, flying above the mountains and homes of the villages towards the bottom of the rug. Between those mountains, she’s placed twigs, similar to the ones she collects daily to use as tinder for her mud-stove cooking. She completes the rug by placing flowers and leaves throughout to give it a feeling of natural scenery, like the one that surrounds her home.