Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat) Rabari - 1764
Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakla, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20 th century
Dimensions – 63 X 63 CM
This Square shaped wall hanging locally known as ‘Chakla’ meaning a cloth having four angles, is embroidered using Rabari embroidery. Chaklas are also used as ceremonial cloths or table cloths.
The pastoral community of Rabaris engaged in embroidery practices in their free time. Nature and surroundings were major subjects of their motifs and designs as they depicted their nomadic lifestyle. Rabari Embroidery comprises of colourful and heavily embellished geometric motifs like square, triangle, circle, and diamonds. A mandala dominates the centre surrounded by multicoloured angular patterns.
Here, a Mandala surrounded by an embroidered border creates a contrast against the maroon background in the centre and white background at the periphery.