This zari and spangle embroidered yoke piece or collar is mounted on abho, a loose upper garment for women of the Memon, Sonara and other Islamic communities of Kutch. The tie-dyed silken garment has a small round neck with slits opening on either side. It is this portion of the garment which is covered with a yoke piece of the kind shown here.
The yoke piece densely embroidered with silver zari, wire and spangles has the value of a necklace. When the garment itself is worn out and to be discarded, the yoke piece is removed and patched upon a new garment. In this manner, the piece is transferred from generation to generation, making it a family heirloom.


  • Title: Yoke piece
  • Date: 1931/1970
  • Location: Kutch, Gujarat
  • Physical Dimensions: L 40 cm x B 25 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Silk
  • Technique: Silver and gold gilt silver wire and thread embroidery on silk
  • Period: Mid 20th century

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