Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat) Banjara-1866
Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century,
Dimensions – 53 X 50 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 addressed as ‘Darani’ in Banjara community
Banjaras or the nomadic tribes have a distinctive embroidery style which is influenced by many cultures and locality. The embroidery and motifs are highly influence by the nature and surroundings. The clothes are embroidered with elaborate bead work, mirror work, shells, ivory beads, and colorful threads. It has a square at the center with multi-color geometric designs, small squares of red and yellow at each corners are perimeter decorated with cowrie shells and patchwork.