The neat and regular stitch work of this odhniproduces an effect that mimics the fine tie-dyed patterns similar to bandhaniof Gujarat and Rajasthan. The central motif of two pathways crossing at right angles evokes the 'Garden of Paradise' or the char-bagh motif of the Islamic architectural tradition. The central circle simulates the fountain which is connected in four directions with the water channel as depicted by multi-coloured chevrons. Geometric motifs have been used to beautify the garden with stitches in various shades of green, red and white threads. The central theme is surrounded by varied motifs and the width on either side has an embroidered piece to enhance the look, when the lady holds the odhni around her face.
This is one of the rarest of rare pieces of its kind.


  • Title: Odhni, Veil-Cloth
  • Date: 1901/1930
  • Location: Rajasthan
  • Physical Dimensions: L 194 cm x B 148 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Cotton
  • Technique: Cotton embroidered with cotton thread
  • Period: Early 20th century

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