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The Godhadi

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by satchitananda, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. satchitananda

    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hey Gauri! Isn't it fascinating how uniform this sentiment of mom's/grandmom's sarees being so comforting and precious is! I totally agree. All the fancy blankets one can buy cannot replace that feeling of security and warmth that one gets from worn sarees.

    I have been clinging on to the godhadis which I got from my mom earlier. Just 2 days ago, it occurred to me that I could possibly pass them on to my maids grandkids to sleep on, to be swaddled in. Am sure my mom would be very happy and am sure that even though they are frayed, it could be cut into smaller bits for a baby, leaving out the torn parts. Can't think of throwing them away. No kids around me for whom I can use them any more.

    Talking to sis today, I got the cheerful news that there are still some of mom's sarees and I can still hope to get some more godhadis of those!!!
     
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    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Lakshmi,

    Really lovely to get your FB. Yes, we all deal with our emotions differently. Somehow putting it down here makes me feel better.

    Am sure every parent asks themselves whether they are doing a good job. I am equally sure your kids will have the nicest things to say of you and good memories of you later on in life. I often tell myself, it is good I don't have kids, for I am not sure what kind of a parent I would have made!!! Well, that is a hypothetical question and I am glad to let it be so! :)
     
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    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Sabitha,

    I know exactly what you mean. Not only I, all our neighbours' and their daughters wanted various items out of Amma's kitchen. I got quite a few of them too, although I don't need any of them strictly speaking. Just the fact that I grew up with them made me want them to come home.
     
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    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Anusha, so glad that this helped you get an insight into your sil's sentiments. It would make it easier for you to indulge their little wishes, especially when the demands wear you out.
     
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    That was one lovely, heartwarming, nostalgic, yet laced-with-a-little sadness post Sats!
    This is the first time i heard the term, though mom's sarees have been used in a myriad forms. I remember one "pattu pavadai"(lehenga) my mom made for me out of a very soft mustard silk saree.

    Thank you for this post, I am now going to convert my sarees to "godhadhis" and leave them for my sons as "heirloom".
     
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    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks a lot Kamala. Am sure they will treasure them. Here is a do-it-yourself guide.

     
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    :hello:Your post shows how mom was dear to you and vice versa. It demonstrates one of many ways how close and intimate the role of mother and significant in something turned into quilt providing optimal warmth and the feel of extra ordinary love and affection.

    2. When things were scarce, even waste and other discarded material turn into Arti crafts in the hands of moms of those good old days. In Well to do families too, mothers turned Unwanted sarees into cribs (Thooli In tamil), cover for radios and centre tables .

    3. In such a time, my mom converted her own sarees old clothes into beautiful decorative products. Her sarees used to become quilts sometimes looking like a collage - a riot of colours. The quilt she had made with her mother few months before I was born, was in my home for a very long time and I treated that as a treasure.
    4. Moms substitutes were quilts and babies always had profound comfort and sleep.
    5. I too participated in making quilts from discarded sarees when mom bought Usha brand tailoring machine. The small tiny sectoral cuts turned into cones and stitched on cotton sarees in geometrical patterns .......
    6. I enjoyed reading of post and all FBs preceding mine and those lines turned my eyes moist at the thought of my loving mother who always cared for me and others as well.
    Thanks for nostalgia.
    Regards.
     
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    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks a lot for your feedback sir. BH's aunt used to turn old sarees and bedsheets combined into fancy quilts and cushion covers etc. Very true, we really knew the art of turning old into gold and those were not only more precious but worth the most fancy stuff bought from any world-class store.
     
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    Dear Satchi,
    Kindled many memories of my amma.
    We used to stay in Delhi when little. Amma learnt knitting there. Made beautiful sweaters for us. Still we have them as treasures..... Especially one shawl....still I have it. She knitted pretty sweaters, socks and cap sets whenever anyone in her circle has a baby. She passed away many years back but still I miss her.
    Syamala
     
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    Dear Syamala,

    Some things can never be thrown away, no matter how tattered they are. My mom used to make cane bags once upon a time, but at some point she gave up. I don't know why. I was still in school then. I remember the last one she made was an orange and white one in which I used to carry my lunch box and water bottle to school. I wish I had been a bit older and had learned to make those.
     
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