A husband and wife weaving team. Babulal has been weaving for 30 years. Kalli has been weaving for 20 years.
When asked what he liked about being a Jaipur weaver, Babulal said (translated) “gets order, raw material and other needed stuff at home.” He does not need to go anywhere. He gets everything at home. Jaipur supplies everything at the doorstep.
The rug they are working on is an 8×8 hand knotted rug. In one day, they can knot about 2 vertical feet. As you can tell by the pictures, the current rug on the loom was started today.
Babulal saw Muslims in a rug weaving area, weaving. He became interested in rugs and learned from the Muslim village, Manoharpur.
The home of Babulal and Kalli — to the uneducated eye, this home would not seem like much. In fact, it is a very good home in the village. The walls are plastered and painted, they have a room for sleeping, a separate kitchen area, storage room, and a decent sized courtyard that holds the loom.