Post Gandhi era, weaving brings another social revolution-of-its-kind in this tiny village!
Tucked in the interiors of Jaipur, there lies a beautiful village Manpura, which keeps mesmerising the tourists with its natural beauty.
This village has yet another interesting, immersive and inspiring story to share. It houses some 80-100 women weavers who are working from home, but in a unique fashion. They have a loom being set inside their houses where they could be seen weaving beautiful designs of carpets, tying knot by knot, which are helping them garner global acclaims.
Most of them are illiterate, yet, they have become designers of international fame.
The credit of setting the doorstep entrepreneurship goes to Jaipur Rugs who introduced the now famous work-from-home concept, some 38 years ago.
This company, after procurring the raw materials, unloads the stuff in the house of these weavers to ensure they have a regular work.
The weavers, despite not being hardcore professionals, still follow work-home balance. They define their own boundaries and deadlines to work, have their own time schedule and sometimes, their own designs, to work on.
They take a break to cook, look after their kids and family and then return to their work.
With their sheer hard work and dedication, many of these weavers have become supporting hands to their families. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with their husbands, they are earning respect from in and around the society.
Once upon a time, they faced restrictions to go out from their home; they had to seek permission for the same if it was urgent, however, now, the things are changed!
They take their own decisions, have their own mobile phones where they have learnt the art of whatsapping. Even their family members including their in-laws, who once restricted them, now motivate them to work. The social restrictions which once existed have receded and all these women working in their houses speak the stories of women empowerment.
They are helping their kids to go to decent schools for education, fighting with their in-laws to stop child marriages, coming out of their ghoonghats to get their own identity and are learning new words, new languages, including English, to communicate better.
Isn’t it a social revolution of its kind? Wish other villages too can revolutionise its social channels to weave similar happy stories!