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Antique finely embroidered skirt from Gujarat ca 1900 with wonderful colour  size 205 X 75 cm.
Silk thread for this satin silk, know in Gujarat as 'gajji' but also sometimes referred to  ...
Antique finely embroidered skirt from Gujarat ca 1900 with wonderful colour  size 205 X 75 cm.
Silk thread for this satin silk, know in Gujarat as 'gajji' but also sometimes referred to  ...
Antique finely embroidered skirt from Gujarat ca 1900 with wonderful colour  size 205 X 75 cm.
Silk thread for this satin silk, know in Gujarat as 'gajji' but also sometimes referred to  ...
Antique finely embroidered skirt from Gujarat ca 1900 with wonderful colour  size 205 X 75 cm.
Silk thread for this satin silk, know in Gujarat as 'gajji' but also sometimes referred to  ...
Antique finely embroidered skirt from Gujarat ca 1900 with wonderful colour size 205 x 75 cm. Silk thread for this satin silk, know in Gujarat as 'gajji' but also sometimes referred to as 'atlas' was imported from China, then woven in India, probably Surat or Ahmedabad. The embroidery is often referred to as 'mochi' i.e.cobblers. This 'ari' or hook work embroidery was done by the mochi caste, originally for royal and courtly patrons but later (2nd half C19th onward) also for rich merchants and wealthy landowners. The hook used is a smaller and more refined version of the cobbler's awl. Traditionally it was professional mochi men who did the finest work, working in supervised workshops or their royal patron's premises rather than at home. This piece is nearly complete missing a little at one end. Very good condition, has a corrosive light blue which has almost completely gone. For a very similar example with same parrot border see Rosemary Crill Indian embroidery in the v&a page 74.
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