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Collection

Kutch, Gujarat, India

Title
Mirror work 'choli' (blouse)
Other titles:
Villiage blouse piece
Place of origin
KutchGujaratIndia
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
embroidery on cotton and appliqué; green ground
Dimensions

80.0 x 50.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Dr J. Masselos 2010
Accession number
256.2010
Location
Not on display
Further information

A world away from the court embroideries are the blouses made by village women in the Banni region of Kutch, Gujarat, such as this piece. Where known, the name of the woman who created the choli is recorded as well as the specific place to which she belongs. While less detailed than court pieces, such folk embroideries make excellent use of their different shape and larger size to play with the overall composition and with richly coloured, geometric patterns also reflect the taste of the embroiderer who is also the weaver.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2010