Hand embroidered Blouse, Kanjari, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century,
Dimensions–38 X 26 CM
Hand embroidered in Pakko style, this short sleeve backless blouse has a long frontal part. Floral patterns in white, maroon, and orange threads along with mirrors as an additional embellishment adorn the black background.
Pakko Bharat traces its origin back to the Sindh and was brought to the regions of Banni by Meghwals and Islamic pastoralists who migrated from that region. Pakko Bharat which literally means solid comprises of Square Chains and Buttonhole Stitches along with tiny pieces of mirror that add an opaque finish to the embroidery are considered to be the most durable of its kind. Aesthetically balanced and laden with an array of colours creating contrast, the Pakko embroidery enhances glory regardless of functionality.