At the 90th birthday celebration of a very dear friend, wearing a special saree for this rare occasion. With my lovely friend Lily.

This Dhakai jamdani saree was a gift from Ma about 30 years ago. It had been languishing in my cupboard since my cousin Sreela’s wedding decades ago.

This is a classic weave which isn’t available easily these days. It can’t be laundered easily, either, except at a few special outlets in Kolkata, to the best of my knowledge. The saree isn’t a Tangail with a jamdani pattern, but a Dhakai from Dhaka with its traditional loose weave.

To be honest, I felt happy that I had brought it back to life today. It is pretty, by any yardstick.

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