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Small, flat, square, embroidered, envelope-style bag, detailed with mirrors and pompoms, made by folding and stitching together three corners of a flat, square panel to form a pocket, with the fourth corner left open to serve as a flap or cover. The square-shaped embroidered motifs, formed from bars of satin stitch, are grouped together into larger squares, arranged in an X shape, and are outlined in black. Mirror-work is incorporated into the designs and along the edges of the square. The embroidery is so dense that it completely covers the background textile. The seams are embellished with decorative stitching. There are small pompoms scattered throughout the design. Two thin fibre strings are attached to the corner of the flap. The embroidery is underlined with multicoloured cotton gauze.

History Of Use

Used to carry dowry items to a wedding or given as a gift as part of a dowry.

Specific Techniques

laid work, couched; satin stitch; chain stitch; buttonhole stitch


Purchased by Milton and Beverly Israel while traveling in India.

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