Parvinder Kaur

Parvinder Kaur - #stitchyourstory
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Location: Khopoli, Maharashtra

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My love for hand embroidery started at the age of 6 years. It was only until the year 2020, that I made an official account on social media creative_art_by_dolly to display my hand embroidered artwork.

My hand embroidered artwork here, includes three components. Each one depicting a phase of my life. A bad marriage resulting to divorce drowned me to the depths of sorrow and pain resulting in shattered self-confidence. The hand embroidered artwork here is titled as “Migrating from a state of sufferings to self-awareness”.

The Gurudwara Sahib – Sikh temple (Center): Depicted here is the ‘Palki Sahib’ in golden colour, upon which Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Holy Book of Sikhs) is placed. Covered with the ‘Rumala Sahib’ (Cloth) in Dark blue and the bejewelled one in Pink. It is respectful in Sikhism to cover one’s head, like the woman seen here wearing a Salwar Kameez in Beige and Peach coloured Dupatta, with her long braid showing from the edge of the Dupatta.

It was only when I gathered myself and faithfully surrendered to the will of God, believing that whatever happens, happens for the best. Waheguruji (God) shall forever guide me with His divine light even in my darkest hours.

The Court (Left): With the blessings of Waheguruji, I soared to great heights of success like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Holding a Master’s degree in Business Management, I later pursued a degree in Law and started practicing as an Advocate.

Hence, the Court has been a gateway to my new life. Portrayed here in Brown, is the wooden furniture of the Court – the Judge’s chair, the Dais with Scales of Justice, the table and chairs for the Advocates. Below the Court are the Law books in dark yellow and Law journals in Black, depicting the study and preparation for being an Advocate.

The Waterfalls (Right) : I am from Khopoli, a town close to Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra, India, surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges called “Western Ghats”. The Basalt rocks give hues of dark blue colour in sunshine. These mountain ranges are a visual delight for any nature lover especially during the Monsoon season, displaying myriads of colours and textures. Me being an artist at heart, I find beauty and art in every form. Art quenches your Soul’s desires. Below the waterfalls are the embroidery materials displayed – the embroidery hoop, needle cushion, scissor and embroidery floss /thread in orange and yellow colour.

Hence, now I am pursuing both my passions – Law and Embroidery, living a blissful life with the blessings of Waheguruji . I have never felt the burden of living with the stigma attached to a divorced woman. It is my family, friends and the community I live in who have unknowingly contributed to my mental well-being, helping me to be the person I am today,

The quote from Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji reads “Mann jite jag jeet” meaning conquer the mind, conquer the world. It is your mind which makes you fell, be it the joy or the sufferings. It is upon us how we take things in life. Not letting yourself held in the clutches of ignorance which the mind plays, one can liberate himself by chanting and meditating the name of the God Almighty.