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Accession# R-107
Artist kachhi Rabari
Culture Vagadia Rabari
Description MATERIALS: Cotton cloth, cotton threads.
CONSTRUCTION: Made in two parts each pieced of two cloths joined at centre with 'Khilan'. Lined, piping. Hand stitched, embroidered : back, interlaced, chain, herringbone stitches.
MOTIFS: Deri, ambo, mor, popti and makodiyun.
COLOURS : Multicoloured on white with red.
STYLE REMARKS: This is the oldest existing Rabari style. Motifs are pictorial. Bokani was traditionally embroidered with bakhia motifs on red and white combination. Trees at ends is traditional.
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: Today, bokanis are worn as ascots or belts, often embroidered on imported Middle Eastem cloths. Bhakhia on natural colour is also used for kediyun. Perhaps it is associated with men's garments.
Bokani, Scarf
Category Clothing For Men
Object Name Bokani
Other Name Man's ceremonial scarf
Sub-category Scarf
Provenance Angia, ta. Nakhatrana , kutch, Gujarat, India.
Search Terms Kachhi Rabari
Technique Embroidery :Rabari
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Last modified on: February 22, 2013