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Kaithoon Village near Kota, Rajasthan

Miriam is a weaver of Kota Sarees. These sarees are still made as they were 250 ago, by a tedious, fully manual process, in a village called Kaithoon, 22 km away from Kota city.

The weavers are all Muslim. The women also weave, often better than their husbands. They cover their heads and go about their business cheerfully. The burqha (head dress covering the face) is a rare sight indeed in Kaithoon. Miriam works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to create a Kota Saree which would adorn many a beautiful woman. A saree takes 7 to 8 days to make at the minimum, but the wages received by the weavers are insufficient and there are no savings practically.

While the ladies (my wife, mother-in-law) were involved in intense bargaining with Miriam’s husband for purchasing Kota sarees, I took time out to take pictures of Miriam and her beautiful, innocent and ‘curious-about-my-camera’ daughter. She sat beside me as I took pictures of her mother, demanding me to show each and every one of them, moment I clicked my shutter. Then suddenly I turned the camera towards her and took this shot. I was lucky to catch her shy smile.

I asked myself, when I saw her beautiful innocent smile….What is her fate? Would she also follow the footsteps of her mother or does she have a better future as her bright eyes deserve? Only future can tell!

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