In primary school one school teacher talked of the \u2018bottom drawer\u2019 in which a girl puts in all the things she wants to take with her to her second home. That was the first seed of the thought of a trousseau.\nThe concept was introduced through the channel of the things we collect and not through the channels of the prince or the state of being in love or through the promise of a new life. Things. Good old material things.\nAnd so the idea of a dowry took shape in a materially romantic way, while alongside the media shaped the idea of the dowry in a bad way \u2013 presenting the social evils\u00a0 of gender-based power play that prevailed.\nSo the dichotomy resulted in two separate ideas forming in my head.\nWhile I would never allow demands of a dowry in any life connected to mine, I have always enjoyed the concept of the trousseau that it stands for.\nTwo faces of my thinking on dowries.\nWhat does a dowry mean to me?\nIt is the dream of a young girl of a future of her own little queendom. Her territory. Her jurisdiction. Her people.\u00a0 Her babies whose body and soul she would feed and nourish; and teach how to roam the world with freedom and responsibility and joy and laughter; and take joy from their little achievements and cry from their little failures. And her husband and his family whom she would look after and care for. And with all these dreams that would turn into actions, the lives of all her near and dear ones would be interwoven and held together as memories forever. These are the dreams that are dreamt as she makes her dowry. The soul she infuses into those dreams is also infused into the dowry pieces that she is making for use in that future life.\u00a0 And the joy that comes with imagining the fulfillment is perhaps greater than the fulfillment itself.\nAnd maybe it is because of this joy\u00a0 that the dowry pieces we see are more beautiful than all others.\n***\nA related note on the subject of the physical effects of mental state:\nWhen I was expecting my first baby, a very learned lady, Mrs. Mazvancehryl advised that I should think happy thoughts, read books of wisdom and surround my mind with intellectual and spiritual beauty.\nIn a yoga lesson in the same period, I learnt in addition to the act of performing a task it is as important to infuse the intent behind it into the task \u2013 the \u2018seva\u2019 bhaav or the devotion. It takes just one additional step \u2013 thought. It takes a moment to think about why this needs to be done and to extract some love from our bottomless reserve and infusing that act with love. Mrs. Desai of the Yoga institute taught me (1991) how to go about even the trivial act of cleaning a baby\u2019s nappy with love and devotion. That one factor changes everything. EVERYthing.\nSo I do believe that these dowry pieces come infused with the dreams of soon-to-be-brides.\nAnd I am certain that there is nothing more precious in the world than these dreams\u2026.\n***\nHere are some dowry pieces:\n\n\nEven those who know nothing about textiles and art will not fail to comprehend how much love and devotion has gone into making these\u2026\nThese are artworks to be cherished \u2026 and loved and doted upon \u2026 just as much as we do our dreams and hopes.\nCall it what you like \u2013 dowry or trousseau or dreams or blessings!\n***\nAVAILABLE on Http://wovensouls.com\n\u00a0\njm\nJune 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n(*That mental imagery can influence the physical state of the body is proven by the largest internet industry.)\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Romance of a Dowry or Trousseau appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.