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General:

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.

Specifics:

This piece is called a 'GaneshSthapan'. The traditional shape for this was a pentagon. Images of the Lord Ganesh with his two wives, Riddhi and Siddhi are depicted here. The colors of hot pink, green and maroon on this piece are still very vibrant and clean. The back of the piece as shown in photo#5 has some rough repair darning done to it, but it seems to be from the same period, not added later. There is also some staining on the back. The front is in near immaculate condition.

The stitch is herringbone with 'heer' floss thread. It is entirely hand crafted, including the green border around the piece.

The piece was used as a wall hanging as there are 5 loops on the sides. The size is 23.5" X 20".
To the best of my knowledge the piece is about 75 to 90 years old

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Antique Embroidery Folk Art textile 6

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Material: cotton
  • Ships worldwide from Toronto, Canada
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