Day 67 #100sareepact Today is a big day because it’s Shikshantar birthday! Aadyaa takes her school’s birthday very seriously and her enthusiasm envelopes everyone. I mean everyone. Friends, neighbours, grandmums, aunts, Anu didi who is our domestic help, all were invited. I wore this pleasing pink Bengal cotton (again, it’s mum’s) for the occasion and was surprised by the number of friends (fellow parents at school, a very strong bond indeed) who knew it was No. 67!
Day 68 #100sareepact When sarees call out to be repeated, when you have just about 5 minutes to pick out and drape a saree and you know exactly which one it will be, when you stop bothering about how perfect the drape is. That’s when you become a true comfortable-in-our-saree-skins pacter! Repeating this lovely black cotton kantha today. Power dressing to present at a conference. Soul dressing to make me feel happy!
Day 69 #100sareepact Munni mausi has spent a lifetime buying Sarees from Bhopal and transporting them to her sisters, nieces and me, her bahu. These Sarees represent the richness of Madhya Pradesh’s handloom culture- kosa, chanderi, Maheshwari, etc. When I got married, I got two kosa silk Sarees. One from Munni mausi, the other from Anjudi (who had asked mausi to get an extra along for her new bhabhi!). Amma, I discovered in time, has a veritable collection of Munni Sarees! The one I wear today is particularly lovely and some 30 years old. We measured the saree’s age through my husband Rahul Singh Rawal’s memories of it this morning. “Amma, you had it when we were posted in Faridkot…,” he reminisced referring to his schooldays! I fell in love with this saree when I raided amma’s cupboard a couple of months ago. I love that the grey is highlighted so well by the diaphanousness of chanderi silk. The tiny red and green bootis add the bright spark. And the white striped border is सोने पे सुहागा!
Day 70 #100sareepact As the weather changes, I can feel a slight chill creep into the mornings and evenings. An ideal time to pull out my printed silks. This magenta saree is light and its small delicate floral print makes it ideal for work wear. This is another Mausi saree. Not Munni mausi who gets the Bhopal Sarees, but Reena mausi who is Amma’s eldest sibling, lives in Lucknow and is quite the matriarch. Incurably affectionate and enthusiastic, she is responsible for as many Sarees in my wardrobe as my own mother is. Through the unbridled love and guidance she has offered in my life, as a young bride and at various other points in time, mausi has been a reassuring force for the last 15+ years. I’m sure her daughters, all phenomenal women, will agree with me wholeheartedly! This saree reflects her character- full of simplicity yet eternally graceful and confident. Wearing it is a tribute to her.