I found this Kalamkari piece in a plastic bag stuffed with other bits and pieces of fabric in the inner recesses of my sister Yashodhara’s¹ cupboard. It was obviously a pallav piece that had seen better days, when it had been part of a saree. My sister Aparajita gasped when she saw it.
Apparently she was the one who had commissioned the saree in Hyderabad from President’s award winning Master craftsman Kailasam, and his work is now so scarce that it is actually priced like a painting. I thought to myself that his craftsmanship is better off being seen and admired rather than languishing in a cupboard. So I put the pallav on a traditional Kerala saree, because the intricate work would be best set off on a plain background. Apparently the prices of these sarees have sky rocketed too because the borders are made of real gold yarn.
Maybe I should insure the saree!