Hand embroidered Bag, Kutch (Gujarat)
Dimensions – 64 X 50 CM
A bag hand-embroidered in Kharek work is a multipurpose bag used either to carry/store stuff or is also used to store jewelry. It has to have abstract patterns at the bottom into which multi-color threads are used and filled in using a satin stitch on a beige background.
Kharek embroidery goes back to Sindh and was brought to the regions of Banni by Meghwals with Islamic pastorals who migrated from the region. The name itself is reminiscent of the tactile textural quality of the Dates tree and it is an exultant inspiration of the form. It has a geometric style of needlework created by counting the structural composition of the fabric. Also, one can see the pattern is primarily executed with a black outline of double running stitch and mirrors that enhances its look.