August 28, 2013 5:10:50 am
Janamashti will be special for 40-year-old homemaker Sangeeta Garg as it will further help her stitch her bond with Lord Krishna.
I feel that there is nothing like decorating my Krishna with clothes stitched by myself. I am a housewife and this is the only skill which I feel I can make best use of, says Garg.
For the past 20 years,Garg has been stitching clothes for various gods and goddesses,including Krishna. She also makes a whole lot of accessories which are gracing the idols not only at her home but also at temples and her friends places.
Her exquisite and skilfully stitched collection not only includes attire but also caps (mukuts),mufflers,mats (used as base for idols) and that too are for varied seasons. While cotton is used for decorating Lord Krishna in summers,warm and multi-coloured wool has been used for winters. Silk and satin make up for exclusive wardrobe of Lord Krishna for special occasions like Janmashtami and other festivals.
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Whenever I buy a dress from market,I feel it lagging somewhere with loose threads or improper fitting. But whenever I make it on my own,I customise it whichever way I want and make sure that it fits my idol properly, says Garg,who got married at an early age of 19 and has been making these dresses since then.
Recently,she also gifted her handmade dresses for 8-ft tall Ganpati idol at Siddhivinayak temple,Haibowal. The priest of the temple requested me to make a dress for new idol of Ganeshji,and I happily made one. I also keep making such dresses for my friends, says the homemaker.
She feels that it is only because of her mother who taught her stitching expertly that she is able to stitch beautiful clothes for idols. She uses a special material,bukram,to give dresses a fluffy look and keep them soft from beneath. Peacock feathers and different types of caps (mukuts) have got her most appreciation.
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