Ode to The Kunbi

ODE TO THE KUNBI

BY URVASHI BAHUGUNA

 

Waist deep in the paddy, working women end their pleats safely above the ground.

The red of the saree is borrowed from iron-steady earth, a fire-bush, due dates.

Ever an ode to the functional, Kunbi means the one who makes from one seed many.

Note: The Kunbi saree is a traditional indigenous weave from Goa.

 

Illustration by Fabian Gonsalves. You can follow his work on instagram.com/fabskribbler

Read more from The Peacock: Issue 7 (2019) here.