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Accession# R-028
Artist Kachhi Rabari
Culture Kachhi Rabari
Description MATERIALS: Goat hair, cotton thread, mirrors, glass beads, cowrie, cotton cloth.
CONSTRUCTION: Braided, wrapped threads, beaded net.
COLOURS : Red, green, yellow and white.
STYLE REMARKS: Kachhi beadwork tends to be simpler than Dhebaria or Vagadia work. The older kankri were beaded around little stuffed cloth ornaments. Later, these were eliminated. Typically, Kachhi netting ends with a cluster of cowries and a larger bead. These are origional beads and cowries.
CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: Worn braided into a young woman's hair.
CULTURAL REMARKS: The traditional Kachhi Rabari hairstyle pulls strands of hair from either side together at the back; then these are braided into a single braid. Generally, their hair does not grow very long; the kankri extends the braid. The oldest examples were simple and had detachable ornaments.
Kokani, hari ornament
Category Ornaments
Object Name Kankni
Other Name Hair ornament
Sub-category Women, hair
Provenance Dhaban, Ta.Nakhtrana, Kutch, Gujarat , India
Search Terms Kakni
Kachhi Rabari
Hair Ornament
1920 c.
Technique Beadwork : Kachhi Rabari
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Last modified on: February 22, 2013