Hand embroidered folk textile sash,Bokani, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20thcentury, Cotton
Dimensions – 216 X 47 CM
TheBokano(large size sash) is hand made in Sindhi embroideryand is worn as a headgear covering the ears during sword dances performed during festivals.
Sindhi embroidery also is known as Sindhi kadai or Kutchi embroidery was brought to India by Sindhi’s who migrated from Sindh,present-day Pakistan. There are many kinds of Kutchi embroidery,Sindhi embroidery is one of them. Chain stitch done with mirrors in floral patterns is a very repeated work we have seen everywhere be it in shawls or dupattasin this type of embroidery.
Handwovenon the beige background it has embroidery using green, yellow and maroon threads along withherringbone stitch that is used for the outlineand mirrors as an additional embellishment.