Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Warli busts Gender Stereotypes?
We were trying our hand at Warli. We made a family for starters... and Pattu wants to know, "In Warli the men also wear skirts?"
And while on this topic....
At Nalandaway's Art and Craft Carnival, I found many parents (both moms and dads alike) steering the daughters towards jewelry making and their sons away from it. Consciously or sub-consciously, I don't know. One of the little boys was so fascinated with jewelry making that he insisted on trying it out while his mum was pushing him towards greeting cards and the likes. I couldn't resist the aaarrrggghhh that was building up inside me, so I told the mom (politely only...) that a good number of jewelry designers are men and that it is a very lucrative profession.
To which she said, 'but it is a waste of time...he cannot wear any of these na'. **Gggrrrrr...the woman didn't get it! **
and here's the best part... the little boy said, 'but I'll make bracelet and chain for you amma... see this one is nice..' **awww so cute it was**
So, they were made by the boy and proudly worn by the mom. She came and showed me...she was beaming! **Gggrrr gone and happy**
So, Parents, leave them kids alone!