Hand embroidered entrance door hanging, Toran, Kutch (Gujarat)
Dimensions – 95 X 74 CM
An entrance door hanging locally known as ‘Toran’ is hand-made in Ahir embroidery. ‘Toran’are used to decorate 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.
Ahirs -the cowherd community inhabiting Gujarat are considered to be the descendants of Lord Krishna who migrated from Gokul (Mathura) settled mostly in Kutch and Saurashtra practicing this art form. The needlework designs are usually free-flowing, containing smooth curves, and ornately endowed circles following one another in a rhythmic row of embroidered patterns.
This particular Toran is highly embellished with mirrors of different sizes, embroidery using different colors threads, and acrylic woolen tassels.