Bebeji Jagdish Kaur, my mother-in-law and mentor, epitomized for me the Punjabi spirit! Believe it or not, I felt that I knew her even before we had met because I felt the love and care she poured into her work. I saw it in the embroidery! Hardworking, dominant, and fun-loving, she embodied the creative talent Punjabi women use through the work of their hands.

She had sent me, not only a diaphanous, delicately embroidered shawl called a phulkari (flower work), but also a precious bagh (garden ...
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