This Chakla, coverlet or hanging, is profusely embroidered with silk threads in a range of stitches over magenta and deep blue satin pieces. The deep blue satin strips on the left and right have the motif of two women churning butter flanked by equestrian figures whereas the strips on the top and bottom have a bunch of flowers flanked by elephant riders, lions, peacocks, etc. The central square has a floral medallion in the center around which one sees raas or circle dance of gopis. In the interstices are equestrian figures, floral motifs, deer, peacocks, monkeys, lions, etc.
Such pieces are used in well-to-do Kathi homes as single wall-hangings or as part of a large pachhitpati, large back-wall hanging.


  • Title: Wall Hanging
  • Date: 1901/1930
  • Location: Saurashtra, Gujarat
  • Physical Dimensions: L 84 cm x B 86 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Silk
  • Technique: Silk satin embroidered with floss-silk and cotton thread
  • Period: Early 20th century

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