Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat)
Dimensions – 67X67 CM
Square wall hangings hand-made in Ahir embroidery which is also used as table cloths or ceremonial clothes are locally known as ‘Chakla’. ‘Chakla’ means a piece or item that has four angles.
Ahir embroidery is practiced by the people of the Ahir community who migrated from Gokul (Mathura) to Kachchh and Saurashtra are considered to be descendants of Lord Krishna. The designs of Ahir embroidery are free-flowing, contain smooth curves and ornately endowed circles following one another in a rhythmic row of embroidered patterns. The needled embellished technique practiced by the pastoral Ahir community women reflects simplicity and is highly inspired by the flora and fauna surrounding them.