Released by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
History was and is a domain resourced from archives, chronicles and policies. However in cultures east of the Literary Theory Compass, weaving a story in textile and on tree bark, as seen in Assam, Tripura and southeast Asia, is a part of history through the poetry of dye and image. It is an oral and material archive and scoresheet of history as a story with the variations within historical and seasonal time. Women are central to this, and men too.
The Sari of Surya Vilas is a novel about Allarmelu and a family of women and their history woven in a sari. It is about rites of passage in a defining political time — the Indian Mutiny and its impact in the south of India on weaving, weavers and the struggle with translating the horror, yet successful trade, of an epoch across continents. It is where men rule from offices and women rule through home truths.