the art of the sari
from the Surrey Art Gallery, in which one of her poems is published. I sure she won't mind if i share her lovely poem with you.
Sari by vb
I am a Sari
I am an East Indian Women's identity
I come in all colours -
I am a friend in grief and in happiness
In red colour I become a brideEvery Sari has a story of its own.
In white a widow
In orange a saint
In yellow i look like the mustard flowers blooming in a field -
I bring new hope for all
I am a long piece of cloth about 5 1/2 meters long
I am draped over a long skirt that clings to the beautiful waist of a
A blouse is worn on the upper part of the body called choli.
The moment I fling my pallu over my shoulder everyone gazes at me -
I am not just a piece of cloth to cover the body.
I am a living painting, a piece of Art.
I am a Poet's Dream
I am a Security Blanket for a child
I am the heart throb of lovers
I am a subject of conversation. Your Sari is gorgeous!
Where did you buy it? Munbai, Delhi or Surrey?
I am all decked up with beautiful pearls, beads -
gold and silver thread embroidery looks so stunning on me -At
party or in temple i look graceful -
The vision of a designer springs up on me and unfolds the story.
I come in many formsIn order to improve each form
I created jobs for manyEach province in India has its own style -
In Gujrat & Rajastan I became famous by the name:Bundhani & Kotadona
Lucknow is known for chikan work
In Bernares as Banarsi Sari
Tamil Nadu has Kachniparam
In Mysore silk & cotton rules
In Bangladesh Jamdani, Pabna is my name.
I have been around for centuries
In every decade I became more beautiful -
First my grandmother wore meAs I kept on improving myself many followed me
Then her daughter
Then her daughter's daughter
I may come in different versions
I always maintained my Name Sari
Jewelry, purse, shoe & shawl joined meI became a source of income for many
I am glad I am a Sari
I was born & brought up in India
I flourished in other countries
On the runway whether it is a white, black, or brown woman -
I look good on everyone
I am the Pride & Joy of
Today I have Global recognition for that I am thankful -
I am happy that I am a Sari
You became happy to see me -
I am happy that you are happy -
Isn't that beautiful!
And here we are at the Surrey Art Gallery, "all decked out" in our finery, at the opening of the art show in April.