Hand embroidered, traditional board game, Chopat, Kutch (Gujarat) Kathi Rajput-1688
Hand embroidered, traditional board game, Chopat, Kutch (Gujarat)
Dimensions – 111 X 111 CM
A Chopat (board) is traditionally an embroidered cloth in the form of a cross. Each panel of the cross is divided into three columns and each column is divided into eight squares. Chopat is said to be very similar to the game of dice played in the epic play Mahabharata between Yudhishthira and Duryodhan.
Kathi Bharat done by Kathis, Mahajans and Bania is considered as one of the oldest forms of embellishment. The mirror work is used in great number along with geometric patterns engulfed between borders constructing checked forms, illustrated by linear long stitches and contrasting colors define the design vocabulary of Kathi Bharat.
Center square with a flower design embroidered using blue, red, pink and yellow threads, while the other side panels have circles all over in white, yellow and pink with blue small center