This embroidered vintage Banjara toran banner from India features rectangualar flags or tabs trimmed in tassels and a bright, repeating pattern of mirrors and embroidery typical of the semi nomadic Banjara tribes. Colors include mustard yellow, navy blue, plum, magenta, mint green and raspberry. Backside is fully lined and includes the artist's signature. Three loops for easy hanging are attached to top border.
Machine (and hand?) stitched.
Dimensions in inches: 52" long x 26" tall
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.
"The Banjara - an ethnic group composed of semi-nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent - are renowned for their highly colourful textiles. Embellished with mirrors, shells and intricate embroidery. Banjara work displays a surprisingly modern aesthetic. Created to showcase embroidery skill, protect the owner from harm and channel auspicious powers, the Banjara technique is unique in India and a celebration of the strength of the women who practise it." - Textiles of the Banjara
$165.00 Regular Price