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Accession# R-116
Artist Dhebaria Rabari
Culture Dhebaria Rabari
Description MATERIALS: Mushru cloth, cotton threads, mirrors, cowries, beads, suparis and tassels.
CONSTRUCTION: Machine stitched, embroidered, square chain, detached chain, cretan, buttonhole filling, interlaced and romanian stitches.
MOTIFS: Popti, makodiyun, gotto and goltak..
COLOURS : Multicoloured on orange.
STYLE REMARKS: Traditional patterns.
CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: The polo is made specially for engagement. It is used to wrap five kilograms of khand (sugar) and five kilograms of shakar (rock sugar). Five suparis are stitched onto the polo, and it is tied over the packet with strings attached to four corners. This is presented to the bride at the time of bringing ornaments after engagement.
CULTURAL REMARKS: Exchacge of embroideries and ornaments from engagement to wedding is common in many communities. Embroideries brought at the time of delivering ornaments are really a gesture of good faith. They are taken back by the groom's party after delivery of the ornaments.
Category 3: Personal Artifacts
Object Name Polo
Other Name Ceremonial cloth
Sub-category Personal Gear
Provenance Maringna, Ta.Anjar, Kutch, Gujarat
Search Terms Kachhi Rabari
Technique Embroidery :Rabari
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Last modified on: February 22, 2013