Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat) Banjara-1175

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Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat)

Early 20thcentury,

Dimensions – 46 X 22 CM

Square embroidered wall hangings hand made in Banjara embroidery which is also used as table cloths or ceremonial cloths is locally known as ‘Chakla’. ‘Chakla’ means a piece or item that has four angles which are addressed as ‘Darani’ in the Banjara community. It was made of different sizes where the large size clothes were called ‘Chakla’ and the smaller ones were called ‘Chakli’ the one in this case.

Banjaras or the nomadic tribes have a distinctive embroidery style that is influenced by many cultures and localities. The embroidery and motifs are highly influenced by nature and their surroundings. The clothes are embroidered with elaborate beadwork, mirror work, shells, ivory beads, and colorful threads. It has a blue-colored rectangle in the center and red coloured borders with white lines throughout.