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.
This piece is 26"X 26.5" in size. It is estimated to be about 75 to 90 years old. This is a fairly light weight piece with the main work done on a thin muslin material and backed with another light cotton material, almost like cheesecloth. The colors are mainly indigo, red, yellow, white and green. The main centre block consists of flowers and leaves which is surrounded with a double border of geometric shapes.
The piece does show some wear and tear. Photo 3 shows some discoloration on one corner on the front side. Photo 4 shows some small tears on the back fabric. There is also some mending done in the back. The original collector's name appears on the back in some sort of ink. Other than that, the front seems to be very well preserved. The colors are still very bright and clear.
This is a wall hanging with two small loops at two corners.
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