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Accession# R-075
Artist Kachhi Rabari
Culture Kachhi Rabari
Description MATERIALS: Synthetic cloth, cotton threads.
CONSTRUCTION: Hand stitched, embroidered: back, square chain, interlaced, couched, detached chain stitches.
MOTIFS: Karoliyun, devdi, sudo, mor, popti, daanta, makodiyun, and kungri.
COLOURS : Black background and white yellow, maroon, pink, green and purple stitches.
STYLE REMARKS: The back stitch patterns are the same as chain stitch motifs. White back stitching(bakhiya) is always done along the seams of a kapadu. Kachhis use a more elaborate repertoire of patterns than the other subgroups.
CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: The devali is essential for a woman unless widowed. The coloured embroidery under the arms is a contemporary element; it indicates that this is the mourning blouse of a young woman.
CULTURAL REMARKS: The black blouse is everyday wear for mature Rabari women, expressing ritual mourning for a king who died protecting Rabaris centuries ago. Younger women wear coloured blouses; howerer, if a member of the extended family dies, they wear a black blouse in mourning for a period of time specified by the closeness of relation. Recently, women have begun to decorate the underarms of these blouses to express that they do not always wear black. Very young women wear a plain red blouse for mourning.
Kapadu, Woman's everyday blouse.
Category Clothing For Women
Object Name Kapadu
Other Name Woman's everyday blouse
Sub-category Blouse
Provenance Sanosara,kutch, Gujarat, India.
Search Terms Kapadu
Woman's everyday blouse
Kachhi Rabari
Technique Embroidery:Rabari
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