“Out of His Grace and Mercy”

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I know this man since a while now.
I visited him last night to his little workshop near the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) and he was praying at that time.
He is blind nowadays but he stays there with his sons and grandsons to whome he has been teaching the finest secrets of the art of Zardozi embroidery.

Zardozi is an ancient Persian art (Zar in Persian means gold and Dozi is embroidery) which has been passed down for many generations, dating back before the Mughal empire, reaching its zenith under the patronage of Emperor Akbar in the 17th century.
Zardozi embroidery is hand stitched predominately by Muslim men and nowadays it is mostly settled in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

On the Addaa (the wooden framework) there is a masterpiece showing Mary’s death with Jesus and angels, it will become an altar in a church in Europe.
This workshop is currently working for the Pope in Rome.
I come here often in order to see the few items made for our collections.
It is amazing to see so many ciultures working together.

Praying Allah in front of Jesus and Mary near the ghats of river Ganga, what a beautiful message of peace and hope…
However people worship it is the same God and everyone tries to take refugee in His Mercy and Grace.

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