Hand embroidered folk textile Border, Ghaghra pat ni kinar Kutch (Gujarat) Ahir-1576
Hand embroidered folk textile Border, Ghaghra pat ni kinar Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century, Cotton
Dimensions – 259 X 12 CM
‘Ghagra pat ni kinar’ is an embroidery border at the bottom of the skirt. A skirt is locally known as ‘ghagra’ and is a lower body garment of traditional women's clothing. This border is hand embroidered using Ahir embroidery.
The Ahir embroidery is practiced by the people of Ahir community who migrated from Gokul (Mathura) to Kachchh and Saurashtra are considered to be descendants of Lord Krishna. The designs of Ahir embroidery are free-flowing, contain smooth curves, and ornately endowed circles following one another in a rhythmic row of embroidered patterns. The needled embellished technique practiced by the pastoral Ahir community women reflects simplicity and is highly inspired by flora and fauna surrounding them.