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Description

A long rectangular fabric piece of three hand sewn long panels with the sides unfinished along the top and bottom. Blanket stitched and embroidered in three sections with satin. Double-running and Holbein stitches. Mid-section has central circular motif surrounded by four borders of squares, zigzags, flowers, and birds. Circular motif is a lotus. Repeated on each corner, there are nine humans of varying sizes performing everyday activities such as dancing, smoking, playing games, and walking. There are many scattered peacocks, parrots, and mythological animals. Also, a train, engine, and three coaches in the lower left corner, and six pieces of jewelry in the upper left corner. Top and bottom are bordered with three rows of circles enclosed in diamonds. Two end sections are almost mirror images. Bordered with six rows of circles in diamonds and a row of eleven peacocks surmounted by two large peacocks. Different animal at each corner. Two humans on one end with one on the other standing atop a steed. Colours include red, orange, yellow, purple, and white on a brown background.

History Of Use

Traditionally an important part of bride's trousseau. Worn by Hindu women. Also used as bedspread, curtain, or wall hanging.

Iconographic Meaning

Lotus is associated with Lakshmi, Vishnu, and Brahma and signifies universal life force and the opening up of consciousness for the divine. Peacock symbolizes beauty and immortality, and is the vahana of Subrahmanya, the six-faced god and son of Shiva.

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