Hand embroidered, Door Hanging, Toran, Kutch (Gujarat) Banjara-1819

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Hand embroidered, Door Hanging, Toran, Kutch (Gujarat)

Early 20thcentury,

Dimensions – 85 X 16 CM

An entrance decoration hanging locally known as ‘Toran’ is hand-made in Banjara embroidery. Toran is used to decorating the main entrance of the house. It is considered very auspicious in Hinduism and it is believed that it is to please and attract the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and also to welcomes guests.

Banjara’s or the nomadic tribes have a distinctive embroidery style that is influenced by many cultures and localities. The embroidery and motifs are highly influenced by nature and surroundings. The clothes are embroidered with elaborate beadwork, mirror work, shells, ivory beads, and colorful threads.

Embroidered geometric designs using maroon, green, yellow, and blue threads with chain and satin stitch also have additional embellishments mirrors that enhance its looks.