Hand Embroidered Blouse,Kapdu, Kutch (Gujarat) Kanbi-758
Hand embroidered Blouse, Kapdu, Kutch (Gujarat) Kanbi
Early 20th century,
Dimensions – 92 X 33 CM
A short blouse handmade in Kanbi embroidery is a part of clothing used to cover the upper body below the neckline. It is worn with Ghagra (skirt) and Dupatta (veil). The size and style may vary as per the community or caste.
The Rabari shepherd, Kanbi farming, Ahir herding castes as well as the peasant communities of Saurashtra are the main who practice this embroidery also known as Kutchi embroidery. They embroider in white, yellow, green, and red, mainly on red, orange, white, black, or green cotton or satin. The embroidery is distinguished by its predominant chain and open-chain stitching and motifs like floral patterns, parrots, or peacocks.
A multi-color blouse that has floral patterns with a combination of Kanbi embroidery and Applique work using threads and fabric enhances its look.