This embroidered vintage Indian textile appears to be a garment scrap that once was the front of a choli (blouse) or a ceremonial wedding garment, which may be attributed to the Rabari tribe for it's distinctive, richly detailed embroidery and tiny mirrors throughout, which are hardly noticeable without close inspection.
This garment would make a striking wall hanging that would bring a wealth of texture and color to any space. Base is composed of a fuschia silk that is wearing away to reveal a dusty rose cotton underneath. Embroidery is a repeating, geometric motif of ivory, purple, orange, moss green and black. Stitching appears to be a combination of hand embroidery and treadle machine (non-electric).
Dimensions in inches: 29.5" long x 18" wide
Good vintage condition. Item is visibly faded, distressed and worn typical of age and consistent with most of the Indian wall hangings in our collection, which distinguishes them from newer, mass produced textiles made for the tourist and import markets. Most items show some discoloration, missing patches of embroidery or mirrors, makers marks and faint water stains in some cases. More structural and visual flaws like holes, rips or obvious stains will be noted.
The majority of these textiles were hand sourced in India directly from antique merchants. They're unique patina, wear and imperfections carry a glimps into the culture and regions they resided in for decades prior, the passing of time and the dedication, labor and skill of their makers.
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