Picture Postcard depicting a Woman wearing a Nine-yard Brocade Sari.
The poem by Shanta Shelke reads:
"In this old cupboard there is a bundle of
clothes lying at the bottom
Some old textiles, kunchi-topri (child caps),
shela and shawls...
Amongst these there is a paithani sari kept
with utmost care
This beautiful green paithani has a pallu
with narali and brocaded checkered design
My grandmother wore this paithani on her
Holding its pallu (the decorative end of
saree) she took the blessings of all ...
There are moments when I hold the
paithani close to my heart as close can be
Its soft, silken caress brings my
grandmother back to me
The intervening years vanish
Time’s broken thread runs whole again
O golden squares of my grandmother’s sari
Tell her of my well being then."