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“I teach Ph.D. students”

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“I teach Ph.D. students”

Village near Patiala (Punjab, India) – 2017 Her eye for detail never missed their slips with their stitches and she could tell in a flash if the unfinished side of their Phulkari had too few knots. The martinet that she was, they knew she would undo their entire embroidery by snipping off one strategic knot and they would have to do it all over again. The students were far more comfortable with their University Professors who would undertake theory lectures and tell them all about how Phulkari came to be such an important part of the Punjabi Virsā. But with...

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On the banks of the Rāvi in 3000 B.C.

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On the banks of the Rāvi in 3000 B.C.

Ancient Punjab, site of The Indus Valley Civilisation.  She eagerly awaited his return. He had been gone more than 45 moons and recent rain had swollen up the mighty river Rāvi. Her knee length skirt was dyed in red madder and so were her feet and hands stained in that warm red hue; perfect match for her ruddy cheeks and long flowing very dark hair. She held onto the *carnelian beads he had gifted her several years ago, a beautiful necklace still held together with cotton thread. She had learnt how to embroider pretty flowers on fabric she and his...

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