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Accession# R-093
Artist Kachhi Rabari
Culture Kachhi Rabari
Description MATERIALS: Cotton cloth, cotton threads and silk threads.
CONSTRUCTION: Machine stitched, embroidered, square chain, detached chain, buttonhole filling, interlaced and running stitches.
MOTIFS: Popti, makodiyun, deri, sudo, butti, ambo and bawaliyun.
COLOURS : Multicoloured on orange and green.
STYLKE REMARKS: This is transitional piece. Earlier Rabari work used fine chain stitch. In this piece work is almost entirely dependent on chain stitch. Motifs are traditional See R-92 however in this piece the ends are also embroidered and colours are contemporary.
CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: The bokani is a desert garment, worn over a man's chin, turban, and ears (hence the name, in Sindhi ''bo (two) kan (ears).'' It was traditionally worn by a young groom to protect his tender face and valuable earrings from desert winds.
CULTURAL REMARKS: Edges had been decorated with either cowries or bells or tassels which were removed when the piece was sold. Note that bokanis tradtionally did not have mirrors.
Bokani, Groom's cloth.
Category Clothing For Men
Object Name Bokani
Other Name Man's ceremonial scarf
Sub-category Scarf
Provenance Viyar, Ta. Nakhatrana, kutch, Gujarat, India.
Search Terms Bokani
Groom's cloth
Kachhi Rabari
Technique Embroidery :Rabari
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Last modified on: February 22, 2013