Hand embroidered Panel, Gala, Kutch (Gujarat) Banjara- 2259
Hand embroidered Panel, Gala, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century,
Dimensions – 32 X 24 CM
Hand embroidered in Banjara style this nape covers 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 which is influenced by many cultures and locality. 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 multi-color threads it has angular patterns throughout. In addition to that, it also has cowry shells on 3 side edges and a horizontal line in the center.