It is often said that nature uses only the longest threads to weave her designs so that each small portion of her fabric divulges the organization of the entire textile.
My love affair with weaving began in 1978. I started my career selling shoes from a little shop that my father had started. I observed that there was very little room to grow.
Later I was offered a full-time job in a nationalized bank which I declined since I wanted to do something of my own where I could enjoy what I do. However, I was drawn to the art of weaving.
I borrowed Rs. 5000/- from my father to buy looms and an old cycle to travel to weaver’s houses for day-to-day work. The beginnings were humble yet filled with challenges.
I felt this business best suited me because I could travel, and go to the villages and interact with weavers. The region was known for its preservation of heritage crafts, weaving being one of them.
When the first loom was set up, I enjoyed watching and admiring the dexterity of the 9 weavers’, their fingers as they sent the shuttle flying back and forth, plying their magic was mesmerizing.
In this day of throwaway products, there is enough reason to have deep appreciation and gratitude for anything handcrafted.
Most of these crafts and arts are dying off. So when those who love handmade items get together, there is an intensity, energy, and passion that you don’t find in many places.
A 14/14 rug can take three weavers working 6 days a week, ten hours a day, nearly a year to weave a hand-knotted rug. That is a piece of someone’s life you have on the floor: A piece of their heart and soul. And that doesn’t even take into consideration the shearing of the wool, dyeing of the wool, spinning of the wool before they even begin to weave the rug.
Hard work, dedication and effort have made the dream of Jaipur Rugs possible. And I must say, it has been a celebration of love from the beginning.