Hand embroidered blouse, Kanjari, Kutch (Gujarat) 1609

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Hand embroidered blouse, Kanjari, Kutch (Gujarat)

Soof Bharat

Dimensions – 32 X 23 CM

Handwoven in Soof style embroidery this short sleeve hip-length; backless blouse has a long front. In this case only neck fragment of the blouse from front part can be seen that has angular patterns.Soof is hand embroidery of mysterious origin practiced by women of theSodha Rajput and Meghwal communitieswho migrated from Sindh, present-day Pakistan.

Soof artisans work on the reverse of the cloth. Each artisan imagines her whole design first in her mind, and works it out geometrically-in reverse. Counting warp and weft threads, they take stitches along to create exactly angular patterns.