Rachana Mannar
A SARI FOR AMMI by Mamta Naini. Illustrations by Sandhya Prabhat Tulika Books, Chennai, 2019, 28 pp., 175.00
November 2020, volume 44, No 11

A Saree for Ammi is a short, heartwarming story set in Kota, Rajasthan. It is a story of the humble existence of a weaver’s family and narrates how his two young daughters put their mother’s happiness over their own. It teaches the reader a little about making of a saree–from dyeing the threads to weaving. It also emphasizes how laborious the task is, sometimes taking months to weave just one saree! In a sublime way it shows the disparity between rich and poor when the girl says–Ammi makes so many sarees, but she doesn’t wear any of them.

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