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MATERIALS: Synthetic and cotton cloth, cotton threads, mirrors, rickrack. CONSTRUCTION: Machine stitched., embroidered , square chain, interlaced, cretan, couched, , button hole , machhi kanto, romanian, herringbone stitches. MOTIFS: Lodan mor, shravan, limbudi tak, phuli and mokre.. COLOURS : Multicoloured on dark green with orange. STYLE REMARKS: The style here utilizes the three-sided border of the kothato; this was later eliminated. Compare with the earlier kothalo and kothali. The stitch repertoire is greatly reduced; square chain dominates, interlaced borders, and full of mirrors. These characteristics are typical of mid-era Rabari work, c. mid 1970's to mid 1980's. A contemporary motif, the Shravan is derived from older paniari motif. Motifs fit into squares and elongated Danta (teeth) were popular in the 1980's. CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: the theli liself is relatively new to the Rabari repertoire of dowry items replacing the kothali. A theli is used by most embroidering communities of Kutch. It is a sort of status symbol to bring a decorated bag to town for shopping. The style announces the user's identity. CULTURAL REMARKS: This kind of pleated edging is typical of all types of thelis. Theli, Shopping bag.
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Last modified on: February 22, 2013