I have worn sarees almost everyday since I started working in 1989. I became a part of few sari forums in 2016 and suddenly realised that just being an ill-informed sari addict was not good enough ! So now I know that I am wearing a Chinnalampati tie&dye silk-cotton sari as I write this blog :). I am better informed and have learnt a lot in these two years.
Besides learning about the different weaves, the woes of the handloom sector and drooling over some amazing collections that other sari lovers had, I also have met some amazing people on these forums. Some have become close friends, some were close friends who got closer 🙂 and then there is one who is definitely a twin sister that was lost at some Khumb mela in some life.
On November 1st, I met this twin sister, finally at the historic Agrasen ki Baoli. Anu, it really didn’t feel like we were meeting for the first time and I am sure we are not. We just need to figure out which Khumb mela it was that we got separated at and everything will just fall in place. It was great to get added to the Kai Thari group and thanks to Usha who organized the meet. I had met a few of the members when Cooptex had brought the festive weaves collection to Gurgaon in Jan this year.
What a day Nov 1st turned out to be … started with the call from Kabir, then the two Prashants on the Dellnuts gang got into a meeting-selfie-war across two continents, Meenu calling when the selfie was being taken, Amma wanting to get dropped at Danam’s place to see if she was ok (her finger got caught in a mixie and required stitches), and finally reaching the Baoli. Phew ! But all worth it. Met both the Archana’s, Anju and Neelima besides the two stars – Usha and Anu.
Here’s the first selfie of the day with Prashant before I started from home –
A pic with my twin Anu at the Agrasen ki Baoli … Anu is wearing a gorgeous Gero from Heeya and I am wearing an old tussar with kantha work done on it – Kantha Re Kantha Re.
Here are a couple of pics with all the amazing ladies who met up. Interestingly enough we got a young girl and a young man to do our photoshoot and they did a great job of it.
The above pic was taken by Divya, a young girl who was made the photographer on the spot :).
We all ate lunch at Saravana Bhavan and then Anu, Krishnan and I managed to catch up for a little while longer before parting ways. Beautiful saris and really nice people wearing them …. just the right ingredients that make up a great day.