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Description

Small, flat, rectangular, multi-coloured pouch made by folding a long, narrow, embroidered panel in half crosswise and stitching up the long sides, leaving one narrow end open. The embroidery is so densely worked that almost none of the background textile is visible. The two sides of the pouch are almost identical in design and colour. Each side has a rectangular center design panel embroidered with diamond shaped motifs outlined in black, some embellished with mirrors; the center panel is outlined in dark yellow stitching, a row of mirrors interspersed with embroidered bars, and an edging of black “braid” made from dense bundles of black thread that are laid and couched at wide intervals. There is a pompom made of cotton thread at each corner. The pouch is lined with red printed cotton gauze.

History Of Use

Groom’s ceremonial bag, used during a wedding ceremony.

Cultural Context

ceremonial

Narrative

Purchased by Milton and Beverly Israel while traveling in India.

Specific Techniques

couching; satin stitch; buttonhole stitch

Item History

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