Hand embroidered Panel, Rumal, Kutch (Gujarat) Pakko - 1588
Hand embroidered Panel, Rumal, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20 th century,
Dimensions – 25 X 16 CM
Hand-stitched using Pakko embroidery, this multi-purpose panel can be used as a decorative item as well as a table cloth for small tables. This cloth is locally known as Rumal meaning handkerchief.
Pakko Bharat traces its origin back to the Sindh and was brought to the regions of Banni by Meghwals and Islamic pastoralists who migrated from that region. Pakko Bharat which literally means solid comprises of Square Chains and Buttonhole Stitches along with tiny pieces of mirror which add an opaque finish to the embroidery are considered to be the most durable of its kind. Aesthetically balanced and laden with an array of colors creating contrast, the Pakko embroidery enhances glory regardless of functionality. Floral patterns in white, maroon and orange threads along with mirrors as an additional embellishment adorn the black background.