Babcia certainly means well, but–she may just be selling Rudek up the river. It’s unlike her to not be a step ahead. though.
For this comic I did a little research on Belarusian folk motifs. And it turns out there’s a whole vocabulary of symbolic designs. Fascinating stuff! The design Babcia’s working on incorporates protective talismanic motifs and a symbol for family. So, it’s more than just a scarf–it’s a self-expression.