Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakli, Kutch (Gujarat) Soof-2305
Hand embroidered wall hanging, Chakli, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century,
Dimensions – 41 X 42 CM
Square embroidered wall hangings hand made in Soof embroidery which is also used as table cloths or ceremonial clothes is locally known as ‘Chakla’. ‘Chakla’ means a piece or item that has four angles. It was made of different sizes where the large size clothes are called ‘Chakla’ and the smaller ones are called ‘Chakli’ the one in this case.
Soof is hand embroidery of mysterious origin practiced by women of the Sodha, Rajput, and Meghwal communities who migrated from Sindh, present-day Pakistan.
Soof artisans work on the reverse of the cloth. Each artisan imagines her whole design first in her mind and works it out geometrically-in reverse. Counting warp and weft threads, they take stitches along to create exact angular patterns.
One can see angular patterns in the center filled with green satin stitch, borders with different color satin stitch triangles, and also use of different size mirrors.