Hand embroidered folk textile sash, Bokani, Kutch (Gujarat) Soof - 2304
Hand embroidered folk textile sash, Bokani, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20 th century, Cotton
Dimensions – 138 X 18 CM
Bokani is a sash worn over the headgear covering the ears during sword dances performed during festivals by Sodha Rajput men. This sash is hand embroidered in Soof embroidery.
The origin of Soof hand embroidery is mysterious. Women of the Sodha, Rajput, and Meghwal communities who have migrated from Sindh i.e present-day Pakistan practice this traditional craft.
Soof artisans work on the reverse side of the cloth. A Soof artisan first visualizes the whole design and then works it out geometrically on the reverse side. Angular patterns are precisely created with the help of stitches taken after calculating the warp and weft threads.
This sash is embroidered with angular patterns created with the basic motif of the triangle using maroon, green, and blue color. Mirrors are used to further intensify the visual look.