Pink umbrella in grey storm
"Pink umbrella in grey storm :There were twice as many patients in the village clinic today. She wasn't in a hurry today. It had started raining an hour ago and the skies looked hostile. There was a slim chance she'd be able to cross the river and reach home tonight in time for the dinner he had promised to cook for her. As she looked out of the window after seeing the last patient, late that evening, she was pleasantly surprised. There, under the grey storm and under her pink umbrella stood the love of her life with a tiffin. They lit a fire behind the clinic and savoured the baingan bharta, a glass of rose and each other's company, under the grey skies in the middle of nowhere. It had been 20 years and he still continued to soothe all her storms with his mere presence. -Janhavi Shah"
The mul cotton is what we call â€˜made in heavenâ€™ at Suta. Known in West Bengal as mul mul, the fabric is what can be categorised as muslin cotton. It is believed that this fine method of weaving cotton can be traced back to even before the Indus valley civilization. What makes this fabric special is the almost magical process of weaving it. Cotton fibres are separated and spun into strong threads. The lightest and the most delicate fibres are separated and are then spun into muslin thread. These are then woven into fabrics by skilled weavers. The history of muslin weaving is a beautiful chapter in the history of Indian textiles. The process of the yore was much more complex and involved many unique tools that look primitive but worked like magic. The upper jaw of a catfish was used to initially clean the cotton before spinning. To separate the lightest fibres, a Dhunkar (a bamboo bow) was used, which when strung in a distinctive way made the lighter fibres rise above the heavier ones. This process gave the title â€˜woven airâ€™ to the muslin fabric. Weavers famously wove on looms that were at ground level and operated the looms from pits dug in the ground. Even during the Mughal era, the muslin fabric was seen as a symbol of power for its finesse. History is full of anecdotes to prove the awe that the muslin fabric generated. Emperor Aurangazeb is said to have chided his daughter Zeb-un-Nisa for appearing naked in the court when in reality she had been wearing several layers of the muslin cloth! Such was the fabricâ€™s delicateness. The almost invisible fabric had made an Arab traveller in the 10th century remark that the degree of fineness is such that a garment can be drawn through a ring of a middling size. During the British colonisation and even during the Mughal rule, the art of weaving muslin took a hit as weavers were treated poorly and drought hit many of the weaving centres. As a result, today, the process of weaving has seen a lot of change. Nevertheless, the essence of it hasnâ€™t changed and the charm of the fabric still remains.
- Gentle hand wash in cold water
- Do not bleach
- Use mild detergents
- Line dry on reverse side in shade
- Do not scrub and wring
- Do not tumble dry
- Iron on reverse side
Size : 47 inches in width