This panel comes from the Kanbi community of the Saurashtra area of India. The L shaped panel is hand embroidered and was made in sets of two, to hang to frame a doorway to a home. The motif is birds and animals surrounded by huge flowers and greenery. This listing is for ONE panel only.
The interesting things about this piece is you can see the original drawing of the figures, where the embroidery hasn't been filled in, although the piece is quite complete.
This is a very colorful piece. The colors are still very vivid and vibrant.
The size of the piece is 31" X 41.5" X 13.5" wide. There is some discoloration on the back side and a few places on the front where the thread seems a bit worn. But otherwise in excellent condition.
To the best of my knowledge the piece is at least 75 years old
Gujarat, a State in North West India, which had an open land route connecting it to Central Asia, had a large number of settlers from that area. They settled in Kutch and Saurashtra regions of Gujarat and retained their traditions of embroidery, with the result that a very rich range of embroidery can be found in these areas.
The people living in this region shared a common dowry tradition. In addition to the usual gifts of jewelry and household utensils, a bride would bring to her husband's home, a large number of richly embroidered textiles, which she and the women of her family had worked on for many years. The dowry would normally consist of costumes for the bride and the groom, wall and doorway hangings for her new home and decorative coverings for their domestic animals, all intricately embroidered or appliquéd and often incorporating small mirrors.
From early childhood, a girl was trained in this craft by the older women in her family. The first stitches she learned were on a square piece of cloth, which, when folded over, became her first purse. As she grew older, she worked with her mother and grandmother to embroider quilts, pillow covers, bags, house decorations and animal coverings. Many of the embroidered pieces were made for her bridal trousseau and would signify the love for her mother and her own skill, with which she hoped to gain regard and respect from her new relatives.
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