There are many things in the above picture that looks appealing, it could be the greenery, or the hanging nest or the vermicompost khamba.
But what interests me here is the saree that is hanging on the clothesline. Not that it was washed or dried but I hung it there to click a good picture showing the complete saree with the pallu. Some like smaller block prints while others go in for bigger bold ones. But this is no print.
All the colours and designs that you see in the saree is hand painted. And it was done by a young lady who is 93 years old. Yes the same “Lata’s mummy” about whom I wrote a few years ago.
When I had been to her place recently she was busy painting one of these. She says that people are buying plain sarees and giving it to her to get it custom painted. She is running short of time as there are many sarees to be completed.
I picked up two sarees of different colours and got it home to be photographed in daylight.
If you look at the border you will notice that each pattern is different though it may look the same from far.
I was just marveling at the patience and skill of this lady who could come out with different ideas and artistry skills.
Earlier I had seen her doing table cloths with figures painted all around the border.
The colour combinations are also appealing whether it is a peacock or a pharaoh
One of the pillow cases that she painted.
A picture that I clicked on her 90th Birthday.
And a recent one.
A real inspiration for all I say.