This dupatta is my ode to a beautiful hindi word, Kathin! Kathin means difficult.
When I go to weavers in the mainland, they always say, “Our work is very difficult”.
When I go to teachers, they say, “Difficult is a part of learning.”
When I go to parents, they say, “It is only difficult till you have not done it enough.”
When I self talk, I say, “Difficult means it is possible. It is not impossible.”
While I walk the Path and I see that something is Kathin, I start preparing for the times ahead. I tell myself, brace yourself and welcome growth spurt!
Ikat is only difficult till I have not done it myself. One day, I will weave Ikat. One day I will learn to dye Ikat threads and tie and dye the symmetry of these intricate motifs. One day, this Kathin will be saral, easy!
Someday soon, I will embrace this that is Kathin!