Second Skin

She is beauty,
she is grace,
she is elegant in every step.

She is gentle,
she breathes passion,
she is life in every thread.

She is ancient,
she is timeless,
she turns at each whisper of her name.

From time long past,
and into the future unseen,
she will hold countless stories,
within the folds of her skin.

– Text by Manika Dhama

Images from Life Magazine, 1945