Embroidered Square Covering , Cotton


Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Embroidery was widely carried out in most parts of Gujarat, where embroidered textiles were made for domestic, ceremonial and ritual use. This embroidered piece also known as Chakla were largely used as coverings or occasionally as hangings. The embroidery on this is worked on a light orange coloured cotton background, in darker shades of orange, white, blue, and black threads. The design consists of a lattice, with alternating lines crossing over to form squares within which are embedded smaller squares each holding a mirror. Such geometric arrangements of squares were based around the pattern of the sacred grid, moon, the day and the night, the conceptualisation of the passage of time.

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  • Title: Embroidered Square Covering , Cotton
  • Date Created: 1890/1950
  • Location Created: Kathiawar, India
  • Provenance: V&A Museum, Bombay
  • Creator: Unknown


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