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Collection

Kutch, Gujarat, India

Title
Embroidered and mirrorwork 'odhni' (veil and head cover)
Place of origin
KutchGujaratIndia
Cultural origin
Banni
Year
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
embroidered cotton; mirrorwork; deep red and green
Dimensions

170.0 x 190.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Dr J. Masselos 2010
Accession number
285.2010
Location
Not on display
Further information

The block printing on the cotton 'odhni' imitates a tie dye form while the embroidered grid contains a stylised form of the two leaf and bud design common in the region as well as scorpions and millipedes. The embroidered circles around mirrors, the large crosses and the swastikas all refer to the sun and the auspiciousness and protection associated with the sun.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2010.

Bibliography (1)

Jim Masselos, India's textile heritage: a research collection, Sydney, 1991, 10. cat.no. 17c

Exhibition history (1)

India's textile heritage: a research collection, The Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney, 1991 -