Hand embroidered, Pouch, Kutch (Gujarat) 2238

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Hand embroidered, Pouch, Kutch (Gujarat)

Early 20th century

Dimensions – Bag 22 X 19 CM

Dimensions – String 61 CM

Handembroidered in Soof style, this square pouch has an envelope shape made by folding three corners of a square-shaped cloth at right angles and then sewing the edges. 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.