Hand embroidered Blouse, Kanjari, Kutch (Gujarat) Kharek - 1621
Hand embroidered Blouse, Kanjari, Kutch (Gujarat)
Dimensions – 23 X 37 CM
Hand-stitched using Kharek style embroidery this short-sleeved, backless blouse has a long frontal side. The upper fragment in the front of the blouse has geometrical patterns filled using satin stitch with maroon, green, white, and yellow colored threads.
The origin of Kharek embroidery can be traced back to Sindh. It was brought to the regions of Banni Meghawals and Islamic pastorals who migrated from the region. The name itself is reminiscent of the tactile textural quality of date trees which is also an exultant inspiration of the form. It consists of a geometric style of needlework created by calculating the structural composition of the fabric. It can be clearly seen that the pattern is primarily executed with a black outline of double running stitch along with mirrors enhancing its visual appearance.