Stories that inspired Virsā Artworks — Cotton

“I embroider my prayers” (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: Darshan Dwār - Door to the Divine)

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“I embroider my prayers” (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: Darshan Dwār - Door to the Divine)

"I embroider my prayers" Village near Ludhiana (Punjab, India) – 2014 She had joined this Phulkari group right after her wedding. Her mother-in-law encouraged her to socialize with the women there and also help bring some income to the family. She was delighted and had just sent a post-card to her mother in a township 200 miles away saying, “Ma, I’m very happy in my new family. His mother even let me step outside and join this embroidery group”. Her green eyes shone in the setting Punjab sun and her olive skin and reddish-brown hair reminded one of that world-famous...

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Quinine, Mangoes and Peacocks (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: MOR - The Peacock)

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Quinine, Mangoes and Peacocks (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: MOR - The Peacock)

Colonial Punjab, circa 1920s in a hilly Cantonment. She had never seen a peacock before until just now when she witnessed this magnificent bird in all its glory trying to woo its mate, minutes before the clouds burst and the monsoon soaked up the parched summer earth. This was India, the crown jewel of the Great British Empire. And, she and her husband were here defending the Empire and well, civilising the barbaric, pagan natives. She wrote letters to her mother back in London and told her of the finest cottons, silks, *chai and spices she was surrounded with… and,...

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Who needs *Ittar if you have Phulkari? (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: TOTA BAGH - Garden of the Parrots)

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Who needs *Ittar if you have Phulkari? (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: TOTA BAGH - Garden of the Parrots)

Medieval Punjab, circa 1550 on that very long and mighty road. He had been gone a long time and recent rain had swollen up the mighty Sutlej river where he filled up his *mashq and gathered some hay for his horse. *Dilli was still very far, he guessed another 20 moons. But for now, he knew he needed to find a safe *serai. These were uncertain times. Sher Shah Suri’s accidental death had shocked everyone. The ruler had done so much in such a short period of time – built this major road, for example, and issued the Rupiya coins....

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