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Description

A square of red cotton muslin embroidered with bold, multicoloured, circular motifs and bordered on three sides by geometric figures. The main design field is divided into four quadrants, each containing a large mandala of concentric circles worked in stem stitch and interlacing stitch, with a mirror in the center of each circle. In the middle of the design field is a slightly larger mandala with a more elaborate center containing a number of small mirrors. There are small, circular mirrors and square embroidered motifs scattered in a regular pattern over the red background. The edges are bound with black cotton gauze on all four sides. The embroidery is not underlined.

History Of Use

Possible uses could have been one side of a dowry sack; or a covering for an offering.

Narrative

Purchased by Milton and Beverly Israel while traveling in India.

Specific Techniques

close herringbone stitch; interlacing stitch; buttonhole stitch; stem stitch; fly stitch

Item History

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