My mother in law, like I mentioned before, was an immensely talented lady – she was not only the most accomplished needlewoman, she knitted and sewed beautifully and her cooking – it was divine! In fact, when she first came to Jaipur in the late forties, she was one of the few women who could bake and was begged by the local Ladies Club to hold cookery classes. Many of the ladies taught by her went on to start their own bakeries and launch their own cooking institutes.
I share today pictures of embroidery done by her when she was just ten years old!
This was originally a cushion cover. While the colours of the silk embroidery thread were as bright as ever, the hooks used as fasteners had rusted, staining the fabric in a few places. I thought that this beautiful embroidery needed to be framed for display and to preserve it.
I shall soon share with you all a saree she embroidered for me when I married her son – something which is one of my most prized possessions!