Cluny Em­brodery Cen­tre, Pondicherry

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The women are si­lent, hard at work, at Cluny Em­broi­dery Cen­tre, lo­cated in­side a well main­tained 18th cen­tury bun­ga­low at Ro­main Rol­land Street in Pondicherry. The needle­work ex­perts here are un­der­priv­i­leged women who work un­der the watch­ful eyes of the sis­ters of St. Joseph of Cluny. The bun­ga­low it­self can serve as a de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, with its 12-feet high doors, pol­ished wooden

clos­ets and chests. De­signs here are cre­ated on re­quest, and the small­est piece (a ker­chief ) costs as much as `500, but the sis­ters in­sist that peo­ple who re­alise the true value of hand­work will al­ways come back.

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