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This antique wall hanging from India represents excellent workmanship in the cross stitch technique. The piece is 50"X20" long. and is referred to as a toran. These are longer strips of pieces that have 'scalloped' edges called torans to hang between doorways during celebrations. This piece has seven such toran hangings.

The colors are maroon, green,orange, yellow and pink on a cream canvas. There is no lining in the back.Photo # 5 shows the back of the piece. The finishing piping seems to have been machine stitched and it is possible that it was added later.

The cross stitching is typical of the bania community of Saurashtra.

There are 3 worn out loops on two corners, obviously meant for hanging as wall decoration.

The colors are still very vibrant. There is no use of mirror discs in this piece.

To the best of my knowledge, the piece is 75 to 90 years old.

Please see the Policies section for information on shipping.The item will be shipped and packed in acid free tissue paper.


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.

Antique Cross stitch Folk Art Textile Wall Hanging 32


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