Ladies’ Lace with grateful thanks

Lace place mats flutter on my wash line

Clean and white,
They faintly smell
of cardamom and clove.
For several years they lay beneath the pile
of Sarees in a cupboard.

A hundred years ago or may be more
Some nuns from Belgium far away
Taught their craft
To poor ladies from South India.
These humble women learnt it well
And since then have woven patterned
dreams of cotton thread to make
Mats as these to grace a table;
Lace napkins, pillow cases,
Table cloths or linen spreads.

Who were those nuns?
Who were those ladies?
They have been long forgotten.
But every time I use these mats
I shall remember with grateful thanks
Their toil that produced this lace
That now adorns my table.

Trying to find out more about the lace from South India, I came across this very interesting link which I am taking the liberty of posting.
Please check this out to see how this craft still survives in our country.

Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

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