Hand embroidered folk textile sash, Bokani, Kutch (Gujarat) Soof- 2301
Hand embroidered folk textile sash, Bokani, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century, Cotton
Dimensions – 135 X 16 CM
The Bokani (sash) is hand made in Soof embroidery and is worn over the headgear covering the ears during sword dances performed during festivals by Sodha Rajput men. Soof is hand embroidery of mysterious origin practiced by women of the Sodha, Rajput, and Meghwal communities who migrated from Sindh, present-day Pakistan.
Soof artisans work on the reverse of the cloth. Each artisan imagines her whole design first in her mind and works it out geometrically-in reverse. Counting warp and weft threads, they take stitches along to create exact angular patterns.
The angular patterns along with its basic motif triangle, the sash is embroidered majorly using maroon, yellow, and pink color. To intensify the look mirrors in the embroidery along with beads and pom poms are used for the borders.
They also create garments, bedspreads, wall hangings, quilts, torans, cradle clothes, animal trappings, and articles used during festivals or ceremonies