When you hear the phrase ‘successful working mothers’, images of women like Naina Kidwai, Shobhana Bhartia and Chanda Kochar come to mind, women who work high-powered jobs at corporates. Shattering that stereotype, we are bringing you stories of some working mothers who have broken barriers, raising their children along with working full-time jobs from the villages of Rajasthan.
This Mother’s Day, in collaboration with Jaipur Rugs, let us celebrate the mothers working as weavers who have grown to be confident, self-reliant, and are undeniably impressive. Read on for stories that shed light on their personal and professional growth!
Forging a new path for weavers everywhere, Dhafali Devi is a trailblazer when it comes to weaving originals. A mother to three sons, she proudly holds the title of a weaver, a designer of Manchaha rugs, and the winner of a prestigious international award!
A Manchaha is an artisan’s original rug in which weavers are allowed to make their own creative decisions, drawing inspiration from their rustic surroundings for patterns, motifs, and colours. Each Manchaha rug is unique and one-of-a-kind, and Dhafali Devi’s designs have won a bronze at the European Product Design Awards in Germany, in 2018 for her original design.
Having woven and designed 6-7 Manchahas, Dhafali Devi’s well of creativity is endless. She hopes to inspire women everywhere with her story, having realised that craftsmanship and design have no boundaries.
Imbued with a confidence that is unmatched by anyone else, Patashi is mother to two daughters and two sons, and has been working at Jaipur Rugs along with her husband for over a decade. Through her years at Jaipur Rugs, she has learnt to trust her skills and always guarantees rugs that are zero-defect and zero-waste, always delivering on time.
With so many years of experience under her belt, she is utterly confident about the work she does, and takes pride in making breathtaking rugs regardless of the colours available to her. Patashi truly hopes to raise her children to grow up to be confident individuals who trust themselves and the skills they have to offer.
A leader through and through, Prem Devi is a 35-year-old mother of three, working at Jaipur Rugs who climbed her way to being in charge of one hundred weavers. Who used to be a timid and inarticulate woman is now an assertive, confident woman who is unafraid of speaking her mind. Most importantly, she is now an independent mother.
With the unwavering support of her husband, she has been working with Jaipur Rugs for over a decade now, and says she owes all her confidence to them, which is something she wants to imbue into her children. A compassionate mother, she has been a ‘Bunkar Sakhi’ for the past five years and is in charge of around a hundred weavers. She spends her days weaving, doing quality checks, checking in with other workers, supporting and encouraging them. Once someone who could barely speak in front of guests, she is now an articulate woman and talks to tens of people everyday, smoothly managing the complex processes that go into making a rug.
Single-handedly managing her house, a team of talented weavers, and working hard to raise her children, Prem Devi is unquestionably admirable.
A woman of many varied interests, Savitri Devi is mother to two children, and a proud weaver at Jaipur Rugs. She single-handedly manages her home, breeds domestic animals like cows and goats, cooks for her family, raises her children, and is a full-time weaver.
Having gotten the first loom in her village of Astra, she has been weaving for years, having mastered the complex art with ease. Savitri Devi loves her work as well as the independence it affords her.
The most proactive of them all, Anita Devi has been a weaver at Jaipur Rugs for 10 to 12 years. Having raised her son while also working full-time, she is known for being a kind and helpful soul, always willing to lend a hand.
Anita Devi never hesitates about going the extra mile for someone, taking care of the people around her, cooking for visitors, and taking initiative whenever someone requires assistance. With a selfless heart, she has earned her peers’ respect as well as her own independence.
Age is just a number, and 55-year-old Champa Devi proves that addage effortlessly. With 40-45 years worth of weaving experience under her belt, she is truly a treasure trove of wisdom for the entire weaver community at Jaipur Rugs. With one daughter married and one studying, she worked tremendously hard all her life to raise her children while also working. With her younger daughter helping her weave, Champa Devi is still a force to be reckoned with!
Kamla’s story goes to show that one is never too old to learn something new. A 35-year-old mother of three, she was a newcomer to the world of weaving when she got married. Having learnt the skill post-marriage (when most of her peers had decades of experience), she has been working at Jaipur Rugs for almost 8 years now.
Having started at the bottom, Kamla now runs her own loom of 10-15 people. When her own children went to school for education, she learnt all the skills of management at Jaipur Rugs. Having climbed her way to the top, Kamla is now in charge of training new weavers and loves her job just as much as she loves her children.
Blazing with sheer confidence, Sonia is mother to two sons and a daughter, and has been working at Jaipur Rugs for 5-6 years. Determined to do her part in providing for her children the best way she can, she works immensely hard while instilling optimism in those around her.