Hand embroidered Panel, Gala, Kutch (Gujarat)
Dimensions – 22 X 23 CM
Hand Embroidered in Banjara style this nape cover that is locally known as Gala is a potholder, traditionally used by women to carry pots on their heads. It has 3 pieces to it: the ring, or indhoni, to hold the pot, the squares’ flap put on the ring and the rectangular piece that is meant to hang down from the base of the pot to the base of the neck.
Banjaras or the nomadic tribes have a distinctive embroidery style that is influenced by many cultures and localities. The embroidery and motifs are highly influenced by nature and surroundings. The clothes are embroidered with elaborate beadwork, mirror work, shells, ivory beads, and colorful threads. Embroidered using maroon, green, yellow, and red threads it has a freehand geometric design. In addition to that, it also has cowry shells on 3 side edges with a border connected to a horizontal line in the center.