Hand embroidered folk textile Sash, Bokani, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century, Cotton
Dimensions – 69 X 21 CM
‘Bokani’ is a sash worn over the headgear covering the ears during sword dances performed during festivals. This sash is hand embroidered using Pakko embroidery.
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.