Hand embroidered, Pouch, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century
Dimensions – Bag 22 X 19 CM
Dimensions – String 61 CM
Hand-embroidered in Soof style, this square pouch has an envelope shape made by folding three corners of a square-shaped cloth at right angles and then sewing the edges. 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 exactly angular patterns.