Former leprosy patients in India find self-worth weaving saris
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Home founded by St. Mother Teresa produce the distinctive blue and white saris worn by the Missionaries of Charity nuns
Prabhu Hasta, right, who has recovered from leprosy, weaves a blue-bordered sari for the nuns of Missionaries of Charity Congregation that Mother Teresa started six decades ago. (ucanews.com photo)
Busy working on the hand loom, Prabhu Hasta is undeterred by his disability. He moves his hands and feet in complete synchronization on the traditional machine to complete the task.
Hasta is weaving a white cotton sari with blue borders, the dress worn by the Missionaries of Charity nuns and by St. Mother Teresa herself since the 1950s when she founded the congregation to work among the "poorest of the poor."
Hasta knows its importance. "It is for Mother and that of her sisters," he said.
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