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A Tablecloth From Kolkota

Three summers ago, I was visiting with friends in the fascinating city of Kolkota, India.  Thanks to my friend and host, Parveen, I paid a visit to a women’s shelter from where I bought this lovely tablecloth.  Delicate crossstich and a set of fine borders make this a beautiful work of art.  Even more so, when you think about the context and circumstances under which it must have been produced.  Made by hand by a woman in the process of becoming rehabilitated from vices and abuse, this is a beautiful example of how something good might come about from something bad.

It took me a while to get around to using it, but laid out here on my dining table, it looks fabulous, don’t you think?


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